Fesh internal crisis is brewing in APC ahead of Edo guber poll after the party adopted direct approach for the state – The direct approach means all registered members of the party will be able to participate and decide who takes the party flag in the coming guber election – Meanwhile, Governor Godwin Obaseki and Edo APC chapter have vehemently rejected the direct primary approach
Ahead of the Edo gubernatorial poll, the All Progressive Congress (APC) party has adopted a direct approach for its primary election – an approach which has been vehemently rejected by Governor Godwin Obaseki and the Edo APC chapter.
Adams Oshiomhole-led NWC had on Thursday, May 22, announced the decision to go for direct primary with one month to the primary election scheduled for June 22 by the ruling party.
This approach means all registered members of the party from local government areas across Edo will be eligible to decide the candidate that will bear the flag of the party during the guber election slated for September 2020 INEC.
According to Premium Times, APC Spokesperson, Lanre Issa-Onilu confirmed the development by saying “It is true, we’ve adopted a direct primary method for Edo governorship primary.”
With APC set to throw the towel into the ring in September, there is a palpable fear the crisis hitting the Edo state chapter of the party may further worsen as loyalists of Governor Obaseki have rejected the direct primary approach.
Meanwhile, Anselm Ojezua, chairman of the APC in Edo, has rejected the direct primary, saying the NWC lacks the constitutional power to choose for the state the approach to adopt for its election.
Maintaining the same stance is with Ojezua is the Obaseki’s spokesperson, Crusoe Osagie, who said the APC NWC cannot impose on the state.
“The NEC is the one that is responsible for picking the kind of primary that is used to determine the candidate of a party in a governorship election,” he said.