Tension Mounts as APC Candidate and Party Leader Clash Over Financial Matters

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Tension Mounts as APC Candidate and Party Leader Clash Over Financial Matters

Tensions have escalated between Kennedy Iyere, the governorship candidate of the Accord Party (AP) in the upcoming September election in Edo State, and Curtis Ugbo, the party’s chieftain, following allegations of threats to life and disputes over funds spent during the party’s primary election.

Iyere alleged that Ugbo threatened his life in a statement issued in Benin City. He claimed that Ugbo made explicit threats to kill him, prompting him to report the matter to the police. Furthermore, Iyere accused Ugbo of deleting the voice note containing the alleged death threat from WhatsApp immediately after he had listened to it. In response, Iyere challenged Ugbo to accompany him to the Palace of the Oba of Benin to swear an oath if he denied making the threat.

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Providing context to the disagreement, Iyere explained that he emerged victorious in the Accord Party governorship primary election and announced Bright Enabulele as his running mate. However, he alleged that Ugbo, Joseph Omorogbee, and Osagie Osazuwa conspired to replace him with Enabulele. Despite their failed attempt to substitute Iyere with Enabulele, Ugbo purportedly resorted to issuing death threats.

In his defence, Ugbo refuted Iyere’s allegations and claimed that Iyere owed him and others significant sums of money spent during the primary election. Ugbo asserted that he had sponsored Iyere’s candidacy with the understanding that Iyere would reimburse him, but Iyere allegedly failed to fulfil his promise. Ugbo maintained that his demand for repayment was solely focused on recovering the owed funds and denied making any threats against Iyer. He said he had reported Iyere to the police and the Palace of the Oba of Benin.

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The conflict between Iyere and Ugbo highlights the complexities and tensions within the political landscape of Edo State, particularly in the lead-up to the forthcoming election. As the situation unfolds, both parties await resolution through legal channels and potential intervention from relevant authorities.

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