By Tony Ehighiale, Benin City
Prominent aspirants for the governorship ticket of the ruling AllÂ Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State have shunned a peace meetingÂ convened by the State Governor, Comrade Adams OshiomholeÂ on Thursday.Those who boycotted the meeting include the incumbent Deputy Governor,Â Dr. Pius Odubu, Blessing Agbomhere, Kenneth Imasuagbon, Prof.Â Oserheimen Osunbor and Austin Emuan.
Speaking on behalf of others, Agbomhere said they decided to shun theÂ meeting because there was nothing new they expected to hear fromÂ Oshiomhole.
In spite of the boycott, seven other aspirants attended the meetingÂ and they include, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, Engr. Chris Ogiemwonyi, Gen.Â Charles Airhiavbere (rtd), Comrade Peter Esele, Prof Ebegue Amadasun, Â Mrs. Tina Agbara and Hon. Emmanuel Arigbe-Osula.
Welcoming them, Oshiomhole expressed regret over delay in the releaseÂ of the delegate list by the National headquarters of the APC.
He assured them that the primaries would be free, fair and devoid ofÂ violence as adequate security would be provided.
Oshiomhole stated that his only regret was that some aspirants seemedÂ to be more vicious in the course of intra-party contest rather thanÂ focusing on how to retain the state for the APC.
The governor noted that enemies of the APC should not be allowed toÂ infiltrate their ranks, take position or create tension such that itÂ would be difficult to work together.