- As the Edo APC gubernatorial primary approaches, the party has stated that it will be transparent
- The ruling party gave Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki the assurance on Thursday, June 4
- APC stated that the process to pick its governorship candidate on Monday, June 22, will be fair
Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state has been assured by the All Progressives Congress (APC) of its impartiality in the party's primary election to elect its governorship candidate on Monday, June 22.
According to ThisDay, the ruling party on Thursday, June 4, said it would be transparent and fair to all governorship aspirants in the primary.
The party's assurance is coming after Obaseki sent a message to the APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, to recuse himself from the Edo nomination process because he is an interested party.
Obaseki on Wednesday, June 3, noted that the best thing for Oshiomhole to do come June 22, which is the fixed date for the governorship primary is to allow a free process to have its course.
For a while now, Obaseki has been locked in a power struggle with his predecessor Oshiomhole for the control of the state chapter of the party.
The governor feared that Oshiomhole might not be fair to him, having openly supported former Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, to emerge as the APC governorship candidate.
Though Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, the APC spokesman, said he is unaware of why Obaseki asked Oshiomhole to recuse himself from the primary, noted that the party would be fair to all the aspirants.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Governor Obaseki constituted a committee to reconcile members-elect in the state House of Assembly.
Obaseki on Thursday, June 4, named the chairman of Northern Governors’ Forum (NGF) and governor of Plateau state, Simon Lalong; Governor of Lagos state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Senator Ehigie Uzamere, as members of the committee.
He said the constitution of the reconciliation committee was part of moves to restore harmony and peace in the state chapter of the APC and the state at large.
The governor insisted that he is committed to peace and that a united front would make the party stronger, more cohesive and help to foster more development in the state.
In a related development, the APC announced that six governorship aspirants will be screened for the party's Monday, June 22 primary election to elect its Edo state governorship candidate.
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