- As the Edo governorship election draws nearer, tension is mounting greatly
- The choice of direct primary is really pitching the Adams Oshiomhole-led camp against the state government
- The state deputy governor, Philip Shaibu, has alleged that the APC national chairman is opting for direct primary because he has something up his sleeves
The deputy governor of Edo state, Philip Shaibu, has decried and vehemently opposed Adams Oshiomhole's alleged attempt to run the affairs of the state government.
This is coming at a time when the National Working Committee (NWC) led by Oshiomhole has opted for a direct primary in the state ahead of the gubernatorial election when the Edo chapter of the APC had chosen the indirect primary mode.
In his submission, Shaibu said that the indirect primary will be easier for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to supervise and ensure transparency.
The deputy governor called on the APC national chairman to respect the office of Governor Godwin Obaseki as the executive head of the state.
He alleged that Oshiomhole is insisting on direct primary because he has something up his sleeves.
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In a statement by his media aide, Benjamin Atu, Shaibu said: “The APC national chairman is insisting on direct primary because the result of the yet to be conducted direct primary election is already written by him, just waiting to be announced...
“Obaseki is currently the governor of Edo state and his office must be respected because we can only have one governor at a time. He has spoken and there is no going back on indirect primary. Direct primary will heighten COVID-19 transmission and infection at the community stage and the state is not ready for such an emergency.“
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Governor Obaseki of Edo state had claimed that Oshiomhole, his predecessor and APC national chairman, had no money when he contested the governorship election in 2007.
Oshiomhole contested the Edo guber election in 2007 on the platform of the then Action Congress (AC) but lost to Oserheimen Osunbor of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The current national chairman of the ruling APC, however, challenged the outcome of the election in court and was declared winner one year later.
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