Ahead of the governorship election in Edo State, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state has opposed the decision of the national working committee (NWC) to adopt direct primary for the party’s choice.
Recall that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had fixed the governorship election in Edo for September 19.
However, the NWC led by Adams Oshiomhole, National Chairman of the party, agreed on the mode for the primary at a meeting held in Abuja on Friday. The governorship primary is slated to hold on June 22.
It should be noted that direct primary means all card-carrying members of the party in the state are eligible to vote in order to produce a candidate.
In his reaction, Anselm Ojezua, the chairman of the APC in Edo, alleged the NWC of imposing the direct method on the state as a means to sabotage the interest of Godwin Obaseki, the governor.
POLITICS NIGERIA reported the power tussle between Messrs Oshiomhole and Obaseki and how the duo, who used to be allies, have countered one another at different fora.
The state chairman emphasised that the national executive committee (NEC) of the party had clearly stated that each state is at liberty to adopt any method it prefers.
The leadership of the party has granted a waiver to Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2016, to partake in the primary.
Ize-Iyamu had defected to the APC in the heat of the crisis between Obaseki and Oshiomhole. He is believed to have the backing of the APC national