Ex-governor, Prof. Oserheimen Osunbor says he will contest as governor of Edo State on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC). Osunbor told newsmen in Abuja on Thursday that he was back in the race by popular demand of the Edo people.

It will be recalled that Osunbor was elected governor of Edo in April 2007 but the Edo State Governorship Election Tribunal declared the election invalid on March 20, 2008. He said during his stint in the Edo Government House, he left his footprintOSUNBO in the area of infrastructure, civil service reforms, health and education sectors. “I also fought for the accreditation of 30 out of 31 degree awarding courses in the Ambrose Ali University.

“Since governance entails continuity, Oshiomhole continued with my legacies and I promise to continue from where he stopped.’’ On whether Oshiomhole had an anointed candidate, he said: “at a meeting in March, Oshiomhole publicly declared that he had no anointed candidate and I believe him even if you don’t.’’

He said although there were lots of qualified candidates in the race, Edo people should vote for the “first among equals’’, adding that he would bring his experience to bear as a professor and senator. Osunbor brings to nine the number of aspirants vying for the Edo number one seat on the platform of the APC. The gubernatorial primary will come up on June 18. (NAN)