Friday Olokor and Sola ShittuEdo State Governor Godwin Obaseki says the All Progressives Congress’ National Working Committee has no power to decide how the party governorship primary in the state will be conducted.The primary has been scheduled to hold next month, with the governorship poll fixed for September.
The APC NWC headed by Adams Oshiomhole has ordered direct primary.Obaseki has been locked in a fierce battle with Oshiomhole over the control of the party in Edo.The governor, who spoke through his Special Adviser on Media and Strategy, Crusoe Osagie, on Friday, said the NWC could not take any decisions on the primary without the National Executive Committee of the party.
Obaseki said, “That report was a scoop, there was no meeting of the NWC in which the decision was taken. If the Oshiomhole camp is having it at the back of their minds that it is what they want to do, they don’t have the power to do that.“The power to direct what kind of primary to do rests on NEC and NEC at the last meeting decided that because of the dissenting voices, all modes of primary should be decided by the different state chapters as it was done in Kogi and Bayelsa. In Kogi, for example, they determined the kind of primary they wanted, and in Bayelsa, the same thing happened.
“So, in Edo, the same method will be adopted, according to the rules of NEC. We will now write the NWC to say this is the mode of primary that we want.”Osagie said a statement from a senior member of the party and former governor of the state (Chief John Odigie-Oyegun) had already confirmed that the President had adopted Obaseki and Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, as the preferred candidates for the governorship elections unless they decided not to run.
The issue of the conduct of the primary has become a major topic among political observers in the state even as the various political groups strategise towards presenting a formidable aspirant against Obaseki in the primary.Our correspondent learnt that the direct primary would involve all registered card-carrying members of the party in each council.
However, it remains unclear how the Edo APC’s direct primary will be conducted as the party remains fictionalised, with one side loyal to Obaseki and the other to Oshiomhole.Meanwhile, a political analyst and former Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Prof Julius Iyasele, said except something was done urgently to resolve the crisis, the state could be heading to anarchy.
He said, “I do not see how the primary will be conducted in such a way that a common candidate will be presented in the Edo governorship election as things are now. Both parties have remained adamant and stuck to their guns; the search for truce by sincere men in this matter has failed on many occasions. I am afraid we are heading for anarchy.”
INEC begins meeting with stakeholders on Edo, Ondo polls next weekMeanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission says it will start meeting with Edo and Ondo election stakeholders from May 30. The Edo governorship poll has been scheduled for September 19 and the Ondo version for October 10.
READ ALSO:Buhari grants financial autonomy to state legislature, judiciaryINEC National Commissioner, Festus Okoye, revealed these in a statement on Thursday night after the body’s meeting where the “Policy on conducting elections in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic” was approved.
According to him, INEC is planning for nine bye-elections in seven states in addition to the Edo and Ondo polls.He said the bye-elections would hold in Bayelsa Central Senatorial District, Bayelsa West Senatorial District, Imo North Senatorial District, Plateau South Senatorial District, Cross River North Senatorial District, and Nganzai State Constituency, Borno State.
Others are Bayo State Constituency, Borno State, Nasarawa Central State Constituency in Nasarawa State and Bakori State Constituency in Katsina StateOkoye said, “Citizens must be assured that they will be safe while participating as voters, candidates and officials.
Also, a faction of the Edo State chapter of the APC loyal to the National Chairman on Friday claimed it had uncovered plans by the state government to scuttle the party’s governorship primary.In a letter by the factional Secretary of the party in the state, Lawrence Okah, and addressed to the INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, the group, led by David Imuse, alleged that Obaseki had ordered the testing of “fictitious”300,000 persons for COVID-19 to announce fake positive results to use the development to scuttle the June 22 primary.
Okah said, “It has come to our notice that the Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, has concluded plans to scuttle the primary election of the All Progressives Congress scheduled to hold on June 22. The pretext is that if held, the primary election will escalate cases of COVID-19 in Edo.”
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Obaseki should not be afraid of any mode of primary APC choose, if he truly sure Edo people love him and want him to continue If care is not taken,APC will end up in lossing Edo State to PDP. This governor is daring. Mr governor stand on your grand. Don't allow any sole call national chair man to push you aside fight to the last.
Oshio Baba survived the hurricane u sent to consume him,now oshio Baba is about to send u tsunami u are shouting, seeking intervention from tinubu. Another No Candidate loading... Gone are days when handsome men rule Edo state. Checkout the two faces above You guys are causing nuisance in Benin city... Ugly men
Why do they always have to look so scary Both of you 'll eventually lose because your political greed/interest/affiliation poses a big threat to the south south $ south east regions bcus Benin city is now the headquarters of young unemployed northern youths who can easily be armed over night to attack anyone against GMB
This two and there drama has no end. Obaseki are the national Chairman of ur party, y can u people make peace between the two of u instead of fighting each other shame on both of you They should judge obasa first about his 65 bank accounts before anything is done There is nothing new from the news, how was Oshiomhole’s 2nd term conducted, the same will be applicable here, most unfortunate the Benins is allows themselves be subjected to this ridicules n funny political games.
It appears to be too late for Obaseki...AnotherAmbodetreatment.. Two ugly men....🤦🤦 Obaseki dey funny me why you dey fear Direct primary, you say our people want you show your popularity with this nah.. you start fight no reason the end Edo belongs to all of you. Hope Obaseki realises this and makes peace with the man that campaigned for him when he could hardly utter a word on the podium during campaigns. He should stop being a puppet to a former Nat.chairman seeking for a pound of flesh from his replacement.
Ben Ayade shades tears over excruciating poverty that still exist in the communities up and down in all over his state. Hmmm,🤔 While these Rock face characters are squabbling for power in Edo State, Ben Ayade is raising eyebrows in Calabar with his post COVIDー19 response. ..1/2 If the state exco of the party in the state decides not to go for direct primary, so it shall be.
Look at this one, like the government house is the palace is of his ancestors. Greediness at its peak. Trouble for Obaseki Let me run ooooo Oshiomhole want to turn himself to figure father in edo state, isn't possible. Osho baba own too much. He should focus on his incapabilities at the national level and leave Edo State alone. Obaseki might not be the best but he's trying. Make every aboki man carry eim kettle, period.
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