A fresh crisis is brewing in Edo State All Progressives Congress (APC) over which zone to produce the running mate to the candidate of the party in the September 10 governorship election.
After losing out to the Edo South senatorial district in the race for the gubernatorial ticket, APC stalwarts in Edo Central had expected that they would be compensated with the running mate ticket, but indications emerged that the party may be focusing on Edo North.
It was gathered that the leadership of the party may be looking in the direction of the lawmaker representing Etsako Federal Constituency, Honourable Phillip Shaibu, for endorsement by the APC caucus.
The development, however, may not go down well with APC stalwarts in the Edo Central, who had warned the APC leadership in the state that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may sweep polls in the district if the party should allocate the running mate slot to Edo North.
They argued that the Central zone was yet to come to terms with the loss of speakership to the Edo South last month, adding that scheming the zone out of things could spell doom for APC.
It was also gathered that APC leaders in Owan and Akoko-Edo local government areas of the state were also complaining that Etsako area of the Edo North had always hijacked political offices coming to the zone, while asking that it must not be the terms of Etsako again, should the running mate slot be zoned to the North.
When contacted, the state publicity secretary of APC, Comrade Erhahon, said he would support whoever the party nominates as running mate to Obaseki.