- The second-term bid of Governor Godwin Obaseki has been hit by a setback
- It has now become clear that the governor will wrestle five other aspirants to get APC ticket
- INEC has given approval for APC in Edo to conduct its primary through direct mode
The re-election bid of Godwin Obaseki was on Tuesday, June 9, hit by a massive wave of setback after the Independent National Electoral Commission approved direct primary for All Progressive Congress in Edo state.
Legit.ng recalls that the adoption of the direct primary by the ruling party recently generated a ripple of disputes following its rejection by Obaseki and his loyalists.
The Edo governor, who is also contesting, believed that the process which allows all card-carrying members of the party to partake in the selection of the flagbearer is a ploy against him by Adams Oshiomhole.
Both warring parties have been at loggerhead since, with APC lately declaring that it would not go back on its decision to set a level ground for all the aspirants in the state.
Apart from the governor, five other aspirants including Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu have shown interest in governing the state.
In a statement by INEC, the electoral umpire approved direct primary for the ruling party, posing a challenge against the second term ambition of the incumbent governor.
Festus Okoye, INEC spokesman, also disclosed that Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), however, opted for an indirect primary election.
Okoye further added that 15 of the 18 parties participating in the September 19 election have indicated interest in conducting primaries.
The commission's spokesperson said the law only allows the INEC to interact with the national leadership of the party as the approval of the direct primary.
Meanwhile, Obaseki in his reaction described the approval as a febrile imagination of Oshiomhole which cannot stand in Edo state.
In a statement by his media aide Crusoe Osagie, the governor maintained that there is a court order restraining APC from carrying out any activity relating to the primary in the state.
In related news, Legit.ng reported that as aspirants continue to outsmart one another ahead of the Edo state 2020 governorship election, Kenneth Imasuagbon has said he is convinced of coasting to victory in September, saying “God told me that.”
Imasuagbon, who is eyeing the Edo government power-seat on the platform of the main opposition, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), made this disclosure on Monday, June 8, during a programme on Channels TV.
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