Guber poll: Edo APC, Oshiomhole-led NWC clash over mode of primary

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By David Olalekan.

The Edo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has chastised the Adams Oshiomhole-led National Working Committee (NWC) of the party for adopting the direct primary method for the emergence of the party’s flagbearer in the September 2020 governorship election in the state.

It was learnt that the NWC, had in a meeting in Abuja on Friday, agreed on the mode for the primary, which entails that all registered party members will be eligible to vote and produce the governorship flagbearer.

Challenging the decision, the state chairman of the party, Mr Anselm Ojezua argued that the NWC lacks the power to impose the direct method on the state.

Ojezua, who noted that the Edo chapter of the party had unanimously chosen the indirect primary mode, added that the National Executive Committee (NEC) had earlier posited that each state was at liberty to adopt any method it prefers.

He said: “The NWC cannot decide the mode of the primary. The decision of the National Executive Committee (NEC) is very clear and that is, every state will choose the mode of primary it wants and notify the NWC for them to act on.

“In that regard, we have just concluded our meeting here today, made up of the State Executive Committee and the statutory national delegates to the convention.

“We have adopted the indirect primary method as the preferred mode for the governorship election. We are preparing the resolution and very soon, we will prepare a statement to that effect.”

Oshiomhole, a former Edo State governor has been at loggerheads with his successor, Governor Godwin Obaseki, over control of the party machinery in the state.

The governorship primary is expected to hold on June 22, while the election is scheduled for September 19.

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