- It is not yet Uhuru in Edo as internal party crisis in the state took a curve dive
- The re-election bid of the state governor has been hit by a massive wave of setback
- APC said there is no going back on its direct primary approach for aspirants in the state
Tricky hurdles await Governor Godwin Obaseki as the ruling party, All Progressive Congress (APC), insisted that it will not reverse its decision on the election of Edo state.
The primary election of the party in Edo is slated for June 22 and the Oshiomhole-led national working committee had opted for direct mode of primary.
But in a counter move, Obaseki and his loyalists declared that the party would not adopt a direct primary election since the indirect alternative is also allowed by the constitution of the party.
Speaking on Saturday, June 6, APC through its spokesperson Lanre Issa-Onilu said there is no going back on the decision of the party's national working committee on the state.
Issa-Onilu said that the party is not ready to bend the path as direct mode of primary will be used for the guber election in the state, ThisDay reports.
Issa-Onilu spoke against the backdrop of the crisis in Edo state which has seen Governor Obaseki and his former boss, Adams Oshiomhole, enmeshed in power feud.
In a twist to the plot in the battle to outsmart the ploy of the faction said to belong to Oshiomhole, Governor Obaseki had on May 28 signed an executive order prohibiting social gathering in the state.
But speaking ahead of the election, Issa-Onilu also dusted off the insinuation that President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the state to adopt indirect election.
He insisted that "it can never happen and it will never happen. The president does not interfere in the party’s affairs.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that the crisis bedevilling the Edo chapter of APC has put the presidency in dilemma following a clear indication that Adams Oshiomhole and Governor Godwin Obaseki are not ready to bury the hatchets.
According to the emerging report, the presidency has been thrown in a difficulty on whether to compel the party's NCW to stop with the direct approach or leave Obaseki to his fate alongside those who have indicated interest in becoming the governor of the state.
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