The Edo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Tuesday said it has put behind all differences that arose before, during and after the gubernatorial primaries and that the party is now more united than ever.

The opposition party in the State which stated this after a meeting held at the residence of Senator Adams Oshiomhole in Benin which was the first since the conclusion of the gubernatorial primary elections which produced Senator Monday Okpebholo as its candidate and the Rt. Hon Dennis Idahosa , like his running mate, said the party is moving forward and will win the gubernatorial elections

The leaders were selected from the state's three senatorial districts.

Speaking at the meeting, Oshiomhole expressed satisfaction with the prevailing unity of purpose among all party leaders, stressing the need for all leaders to close ranks and work harmoniously.

He said: “We renew our collective determination to work for the progress of peace and sustainable development of Edo State, that is what this election is all about, both candidates (governorship candidate and his running mate) are already fully employed, so they are not going to the election because they are looking for a job, they are elected, they have already commanded respect to those elected for a year, now they just want to expand so that the Edo communities in Edo South, Edo Central and Edo North have a governor who shares their aspiration .

“The good thing about APC candidates is that they are products of the polls, transparent elections under BIVAS Okpebholo emerged in Edo Central and Idahosa emerged in parts of Edo South, so they are no strangers to voting and the good news for us is that they will compete in the election with people who have already been to the polls before.”

Former Deputy Governor of Edo State and party leader in Edo South, Rt. Hon Pius Odubu said: “I am convinced that a new consciousness will be born, the consciousness that in Edo South we are tired of being called the weakest link and with that I know and believe that Edo Sul will deliver. Go and rejoice that Monday Okpebholo and Dennis Idahosa will give us victory in the elections. Edo south is APC, we did it for Oshiomhole, we will do it for Okpebholo.”

“His Edo Central counterpart, Major General Cecil Esekhaigbe (rtd) said: “The Esan people have longed for a period like this, the Esan people have requested an experiment like this, the Esan people have prayed fervently for a day like this, I want to thank all from the nooks and crannies of Edo State that what we desired as an Esan agenda has translated into the Edo agenda.