April 13, 2024

Edo 2024: Osunbor Accepts Call to Serve, Joins Guber Race



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By Reporter

Prof Oserheimen Osunbor, ex governor of Edo State and former Senator of Edo Central District, has joined the race to secure the ticket of All Progressives Congress (APC), for the 2024 governorship election in Edo State.

Prof Osunbor confirmed his decision to Midwest Herald yesterday, in a telephone conversation.

“I have concluded consultations with leaders and can confirm that, I am running for the office of governor,” the former governor said.

Osunbor was born on 5 October 1951 in Iruekpen, Esan West Local Government Area, Edo State, Nigeria. He attended P.T.T.C Demonstration Primary School Igueben from 1957 to 1962, then Anglican Grammar School Ujoelen Ekpoma from 1963 to 1968 and then obtained his sixth form at Holy Trinity Grammar School Sabongidaa-Ora Edo State.

He contested and was elected Senator for the Edo Central Senatorial District at the start of the Nigerian Fourth Republic, running on the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) platform.

He was appointed to committees on Rules & Procedures, Ethics, Judiciary, Water Resources and Government Affairs. 

Prof Osunbor was reelected to his senate seat in April 2003.

He was Chairman, Senate Committee on Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC); Chairman, Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters; Chairman, several Senate Ad-hoc Committees and National Assembly Joint Committees; Chairman, Sub-Committee on Legislature and Legislative List, National Assembly Joint Committee on Constitution Amendment.

He was nicknamed “Attorney-General of the Senate” by his colleagues.

In 2007, Osunbor was elected Governor of Edo State in Nigeria in April 2007 on the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) platform.

On 20 March 2008, the Edo State Governorship Election Tribunal declared that Osunbor’s election was invalid, and asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withdraw his certificate and declare Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole of the Action Congress (AC) party the winner.

On November 11, 2008, a federal Appeal Court sitting in Benin City upheld the ruling of the state’s elections petitions tribunal, declaring Oshiomole to be the Governor of Edo State.

Osunbor was awarded the Certificate for the Best Faculty Student and the Certificate for the Best Student in the Department of Public and Private Law  in 1975.

He received the coveted certificate for the Student with the Best Overail Performance in the Nigerian Bar Examination and the Dr.Taslim Olawale Elias Prize.

He also won a Rhodes scholarship to pursue his doctorate degree in Law at the University of Warwick, Coventry, England frorn 1977 to 1981, when he was awarded the Doctor of Philosophy (Phd) degree in Law.

2 thoughts on “Edo 2024: Osunbor Accepts Call to Serve, Joins Guber Race

  1. Osunbor was never elected governor anywhere in Nigeria, he and his party stole the peoples mandate and same was recovered or retrieved by the judiciary and handed to Adams Oshiomhole whom it belongs to by the peoples mandate.

    We should keep the records straight and correct always please

    1. You are right, but the state still accords him full protocol of an ex governor. If Governor Obaseki can introduce him as former governor of Edo State, what else is left? I believe your observation should be directed to Edo State Government as well. Our story state that he was sacked by tribunal and Appeal courts, the public can make their judgement, just as you have done now. Thanks for your feedback.

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