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Ugbesia loses bid to return to senate

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Agene AKHERE, Benin

The Senate Vice Chairman on Commerce, Mr Odion Ugbesia on Sunday lost his bid to return to the senate.

Ugbesia, who is the senator representing Edo Central, lost to his opponent, Mr Cliffors Ordia by 141 votes to 62 votes.

Ugbesia, who is of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has been a senator since 2007.

Ugbesia, who declined comment after the primaries, has been enjoined by the victorious Ordia to join hands with him to deliver the party in the February general elections.

Ordia, who commended the process, praised the delegates for their conduct.

Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress (APC) primaries in Edo Central was also successfully conducted.

Mr Irabor Onikolease, a former Vice President of the NLC won the Esan North East/ Esan South East Federal Constituency.

He defeated the state commissioner of Energy and Water Resources, Mr Chris Ebare to clinch the ticket.

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