In anticipation of the Edo State Gubernatorial election on September 9, 2024, the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) has set the cost of its interest and nomination forms for aspirants at N11 million.

Edo state
Edo state

The party has initiated the screening process for four aspirants vying for the party’s endorsement.

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During a press briefing in Abuja, the chairman of the screening committee, Abdulrahman Abubakar, informed journalists that aspirants would be required to pay N11 million each for the party interest form and related expenses.

He emphasized the party’s commitment to producing the next governor of Edo State and bringing the governance model witnessed in Kano State to their region.

The screening process, which commenced on Wednesday, involves evaluating candidates based on their academic records, National Youth Service eligibility, membership and voter cards, passport photographs, and other relevant information.

Abubakar stated, “We are here to screen the party aspirants on the expression of interest from the academic records credentials, the National Youth Service where possible, where applicable and where not applicable, the exemption certificate records.”

He expressed the party’s keen interest in selecting a candidate and aspiring to bring the governance example from Kano State to Edo State.

Pastor Azemhe Azena, one of the aspirants and the Pastor in Charge of the Omega Fire Ministries in the Southern Region of Benin City, highlighted his qualifications and close ties to Edo State. He emphasized his presence in the community and past experiences in handling security matters within the state.

Another aspirant, Engr. Sebastian Iyere, expressed confidence in the screening process and the competence of NNPP officials overseeing it. He acknowledged the desire for a candidate from Edo Central to emerge as the next governor, citing the zoning arrangement.

Iyere stated, “The screening is ongoing. I am sure there are competent people that the NNPP has provided to conduct the screening, and I am sure that their goals and purposes would be achieved. There is indeed agitation for an Edo state central to produce the next governor.

Fortunately for me, I am from Edo central. So, going by the zoning, I would say I do not have a problem.” He added that he was motivated by passion, sincerity, honesty, and openness to turn Edo State into the industrial hub of West Africa.

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