- The APC's National Working Committee has cleared Osagie Ize-Iyamu to contest for the governorship ticket in Edo state
- The committee also adopted direct primary option to elect the party’s governorship candidate
- Ize-Iyamu was reportedly granted a waiver due to the electoral value he will add to the fortunes of the ruling party in the state
The All Progressives Congress has reportedly cleared Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu to contest for the governorship ticket in Edo state.
The Nation reports that the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party granted Ize-Iyamu a waiver on Thursday night, May 21, to participate in the party’s primary.
The committee also reportedly adopted direct primary option to elect the party’s governorship candidate in the state forthcoming election in September.
According to the newspaper, a source whose name was not mentioned said the NWC granted Ize-Iyamu waiver due to the electoral value he will add to the fortunes of the ruling party in the state.
Ize-Iyamu, believed to be the endorsed candidate Adams Oshiomole, the APC national, recently decamped to the ruling party in the state.
Legit.ng gathers that the national publicity secretary of the APC, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, confirmed the direct primary as option adopted for the party in Edo state.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, the immediate past national chairman of the APC on Thursday, May 21, passed a vote of confidence on Edo and Ondo governors, Obaseki and Rotimi Akeredolu.
The former Edo governor said both Obaseki and Akeredolu should be given the party’s ticket for re-election.
Legit.ng gathered that he emphasised that the governors have “performed creditably well and should be returned unless they do not do wish.”
Odigie-Oyegun said his call for the support for the two governors was informed by the agreement reached to settle the leadership crisis at the national level that threatened its existence.
He, however, cautioned the party’s leadership from imposing candidates, calling for free and fair primaries in both states.
According to him, should other members showed interest, the party should accept other aspirants.
Meanwhile, a fresh internal crisis may be brewing in the APC after Lawal Shuaibu, the national deputy chairman of the party, raised another allegation of "lawlessness" against the national chair Oshiomhole.
In a statement on Wednesday, May 20, titled ‘APC and its future, let’s us exercise caution’, Shuaibu described as illegal and breach of the party's constitution the recent appointment of some national officers by the party's chairman.
He alleged that the appointment of the national officers is a clear indication of “constitutional flaws detrimental to the progress of the party.”
According to the deputy national chairman, APC under Oshiomhole is now subjected to arbitrary administration with limpid defiance to the law of the ruling party.
Legit.ng notes that Shuaibu, an opponent of Oshiomhole, was one of the national working committee members fuelling the crisis that almost led to the removal of the former Edo governor.
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