- Edo APC governorship aspirant Osagie Ize-Iyamu has denied receiving an endorsement from Oshiomhole, Tinubu and President Buhari
- Ize-Iyamu said he has only received an endorsement from seven other intending aspirants who stepped down for him
- The APC governorship aspirant also tackled Governor Obaseki for insisting on indirect primaries against the party's directive
Osagie Ize-Iyamu, a frontline APC aspirant for the forthcoming governorship election in Edo state, has said that he is yet to receive the endorsement from some key party chieftain as alleged in some quarters.
The Sun reports that Ize-Iyamu said the trio of the All Progressives Congress (APC) national chairman Adams Oshiomhole, national leader Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu and President Muhammadu Buhari has not endorsed him to contest the election.
Legit.ng gathers that the APC governorship aspirant made this known on Wednesday, May 27, after obtaining his nomination forms at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja.
Ize-Iyamu also denied ever meeting with any of them, saying he has only received the endorsement from seven other intending aspirants that stepped down for him.
He also endorsed the decision of the APC's National Working Committee (NWC) to adopt direct primaries.
According to Ize-Iyamu, Governor Godwin Obaseki’s insistence on indirect primaries is because he wants to manipulate it.
He argued that direct mode of primaries is the best method under the current deadly coronavirus pandemic.
Meanwhile, Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state has described as a joke the adoption of Ize-Iyamu as a ‘consensus’ governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the forthcoming election.
Seven governorship aspirants in the Edo state APC were said to have met on Tuesday, May 26, and adopted Ize-Iyamu as their consensus candidate.
Reacting to the development, the Obaseki-led Edo state government said "the Edo state chapter of the APC, which is responsible for deploying the inner workings of the party towards the emergence of a candidate of the APC in the forthcoming gubernatorial election, resides and operates in Edo state, not Abuja."
The statement was signed by Obaseki’s spokesperson, Crusoe Osagie.
“It is, therefore, hilarious to hear that a so-called consensus candidate for the party in Edo State governorship election was selected in Abuja.
“For us, this is a joke taken too far and clearly shows that Comrade Adams Oshiomhole once again has set the APC on a journey to perdition in Edo state as he did in Zamfara, Bayelsa, Rivers, Taraba and several other states,” the Edo state governor said.
In another report, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared that it would work towards the full introduction of electronic voting in major elections, starting from 2021.
The INEC said this in its new policy on conducting elections released amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Legit.ng gathered that there have been calls for electronic voting over the years but some concerns, including the fear of cybercrime, hampered the process.
An electoral act amendment bill seeking to make e-voting compulsory in elections, however, passed second reading at the Senate in November.
The electoral umpire said in the new policy that it would not only pilot the use of e-voting machines at the earliest possible time after the forthcoming Edo and Ondo governorship elections but would also “work towards the full introduction of electronic voting in major elections starting from 2021.”
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