- Governor Godwin Obaseki is facing a big task ahead of the APC governorship primary election in Edo state
- APC has said there is no need for an emergency National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting before the primary
- Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, APC national publicity secretary disclosed this on Monday, June 8
The All Progressive Congress (APC) has ruled out the possibility of any emergency National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting with less than two weeks to the governorship primary in Edo state.
According to The Nation, the APC on Monday, June 8, insisted that there will be no NEC meeting before the primary slated for Monday, June 22.
Though the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) has directed APC in Edo to brace up for a direct primary, some party chieftains are putting pressure so the leadership can consider an emergency meeting.
Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, the APC spokesperson speaking on preparations for the election in Abuja, shortly after the party displayed the aspirants’ credentials, said there would be no need for any emergency NEC meeting before the poll.
He said: “Why should there be emergency meeting? What is the emergency? COVID-19? We, NWC, are involved in the day to day running of the party and this is part of the routine we carry out."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the APC insisted that it will not reverse its decision on the primary election of the party in Edo. 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 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.
In other news, Governor Obaseki has denied allegations that he forged a certificate of the University of Ibadan. According to him, he was not in any way like people who burn buildings to cover up their certificate scandals.
The governor added that forging a certificate issued by the University of Ibadan, a foremost citadel of learning was next to impossible.
Similarly, the APC says it will subject personal records submitted by its aspirants for the Edo state governorship election to public verification.
The party vowed to ensure due diligence and transparency in the screening of the aspirants to avoid a repeat of what happened in Bayelsa.
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