Former Senator Mathew Urhoghide has said he will vie for the position of governor in next year’s election in Edo State, noting that he will announce the party under which he will contest soon.

The two-term member of the Red Chambers, who represented Edo South from 2015 to 2023, resigned his membership of the Peoples Democratic Party in May.

Urhoghide, who also presented his scorecard, admitted that it was the turn of Edo Central to produce the next governor but stated that the governorship might fall on a less prepared candidate and open to manipulation by the cabal in the state.

He also said he decided to join the race because he wouldn’t want a candidate that could be manipulated to win the election next year.

He also stated that the irreconcilable differences at the national level and Edo State chapter of the PDP had made it difficult for the party to win the election hence the decision to leave the party.

He said, “I will be contesting in the governorship election in Edo State next year under a party I will announce soon. It is difficult to win an election under the PDP due to the irreconcilable differences at the national level and in Edo State.

“I also know that it is the turn of Edo Central to rule the state but I am afraid that a candidate that can be easily manipulated may end up becoming the governor because of the number of people agitating to be governor from that part of the state. We cannot allow the political dynasty of people who will hold the state by the jugular.

He also stated that he tried to reconcile the PDP in the state but he was perceived to be pursuing a personal interest hence the gang-up against him when he sought a third term in the Senate.

He also called on Nigerians to demand accountability from politicians after their tenures in office in order to keep them on their toes and ensure they carry out programmes that would benefit the masses.

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