- The APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, has stated that he did not choose the direct primary
- According to Oshiomhole, it was the NWC of the party who adopted the direct mode of primary in Edo
- Recall that governors on the platform of the APC held a meeting with the party's national chairman in Abuja
Adams Oshiomhole, the national chairman of the ruling APC, on Monday, June 1, said he did not choose the direct mode of primary elections to pick Edo state governorship candidate.
According to Daily Trust, the former labour leader disclosed this while answering questions at the end of a closed-door meeting with some APC governors and the National Working Committee (NWC).
Contrary to reports that Oshiomhole had insisted that the party will use direct primary, the APC national chairman stated that the decision was taken by the NWC.
However, he maintained that the party has not received any official letter rejecting the mode of the primary election from Governor Obaseki.
The former Edo state governor also dismissed suggestions that the meeting was convened to resolve the feud between him and his godson Obaseki as speculated in some quarters.
Oshiomhole stressed that the meeting held at the party's secretariat in Abuja was just a regular interface between the Progressives Governors’ Forum (PGF) and NWC.
Kebbi state governor and PGF chairman, Atiku Bagudu, backed Oshiomhole’s statement stressing that the meeting was not about the relationship between the governor and his predecessor.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the governors elected on the platform of APC might have failed to convince the national chairman of the party to allow the Edo state governor to get the ticket for his reelection.
Oshiomole insisted on direct primary to pick Edo governorship candidate on June 22. He stated this after a meeting with members of the NWC and governors elected under on the platform of the party.
Meanwhile, amid tension in Edo state over who becomes the governorship candidate of APC ahead of its primaries, Obaseki sought President Muhammadu Buhari's intervention.
It was reported that the governor, during his visit to Aso Villa on Monday, June 1, presented expression of interest form for his re-election bid on the platform of the APC to the president.
Governor Obaseki, who briefed State House correspondents on the purpose of the visit said: "Even though President Buhari is a father, it will be wrong to assume or take things for granted so I have to formally inform him."
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