- Ahead of its primary election, the Edo state chapter of the ruling APC is still shrouded in crisis
- A Federal High Court in Benin City has allegedly stopped the APC and its national chairman, from conducting any primary election
- The Edo state primary election for the APC to select its governorship candidate for the gubernatorial poll is slated for Monday, June 22
In a report by The Nation, a Federal High Court in Benin City on Monday, June 8, granted an order restraining the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, from conducting any primary election in Edo state.
According to the report, this is pending the determination of the suit on Thursday, June 11, ahead of the Edo state governorship election.
Legit.ng had earlier reported that the Oshiomhole-led national working committee had opted for direct primary for the election in the state.
However, Obaseki and his loyalists in a counter move, declared that the party would not adopt a direct primary election since the indirect alternative is also allowed by the constitution of the party.
Obaseki, through his special adviser on media and communication strategy, Crusoe Osagie, said that going by the safety rules outlined by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, only indirect primary is appropriate for the state at this time.
This is coming after the party displayed the credentials of all the six aspirants. The information of all aspirants was displayed at the party's national secretariat in Abuja and Benin City, the Edo state capital for claims and objections from party members and the public.
The six gubernatorial aspirants who obtained, filled, and submitted their nomination and expression of interest forms are Governor Obaseki, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, Rt. Hon. Dr. Pius Odubu, Engr. Chris Ogiemwonyi, Hon. Osaro Obazee and Hon. Matthew Aigbuhuenze Iduoriyekemwen.
The screening of aspirants by the party has been scheduled for Wednesday, June 10, and Thursday, June 11.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a top member of the APC Edo state chapter, Hon Patrick Obahiagbon, has said that the truce efforts by governors of the party to settle the rift between Governor Obaseki and his predecessor is late and futile.
Obahiagbon who served as Oshiomhole's chief of staff when the APC national chairman was the governor of Edo revealed this in an interview with Vanguard.
The former member of the House of Representatives in reaction to the Edo APC crisis said the battle is not between Obaseki and Oshiomhole, but the governor and majority of the party members.
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