Edo 2024: APC battles Okpebholo’s ‘absconditus’ public perception

Edo 2024: APC battles Okpebholo’s ‘absconditus’ public perception


….Says APC Gov candidate is beyond redemption.


By George Etakibuebu

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State is currently battling what an insider described as “a very challenging problem that has defiled any solution.” Throwing more light on the issue, the source identified what he called, “the all too well known absconditus status of the gubernatorial candidate, Senator Monday Okpebholo, in the September 21 election.” He averred that the issue is giving leaders and stakeholders of the party a serious nightmare.

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The source, which pleaded anonymity, confided in our reporter that, “the leaders of the party are at their wits end; they don’t know what to do next with Okpebholo’s hide-and-seek game as we speak. They are tired of his reluctance to engage with the people. Everybody is tired of his preference to hide and avoid the public and attend to important engagements. How can a governorship candidate be hiding from the people he wants to govern? Almost all the leaders are tired.


They don’t know what to do again. Can’t you see other candidates? They are all out in the street, meeting groups, community leaders, market women and appearing on online engagements. But here, all efforts to make him at least come out, engage and interact with the people have all failed. That is the problem on the ground now.”

The source identified several high profile public engagements that Okpebholo has stylishly evaded giving the flimsiest of excuses in recent times. He was particularly angry over the highly publicized Benson Idohasa University’s ‘Thinkers Nest’ that scheduled meetings for all the three leading candidates on separate dates to enable them tell the President, Rt Rev Dr FEB Idahosa, students and staff of the institution, and by extension Edo citizens and the general public their take on “The Future of Edo State.”

While the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr Asue Ighodalo, honoured the invitation on April 16 and walked tall from the event for a sterling performance , the Labour Party candidate, Olumide Akpata had his chance on April 18, but Senator Okpebholo failed to show up on Monday, April 22.

His failure to make an appearance on the scheduled date instantly set the internet abuzz as “Monday failed on Monday” trended hilariously on social media. The source also expressed concern about the many gaffes that usually characterize his few public engagements, saying,

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“Honestly we are in a dilemma in APC. People are even asking if there is nothing the party can do now to remedy the situation and it is like nothing. Even the online interviews with bloggers and other influencers, he is running away from them.


How will the people hear him? This is a proper bad market,” the source fumed.