- The chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole may face fresh litigation over the disqualification of Obaseki
- Obaseki was disqualified from participating in APC governorship primary on Friday, June 12
- According to the report, the waiver granted one of the party's aspirants, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, by the NWC may trigger legal battle after Obaseki's disqualification
The last may have not been heard about the crisis rocking the Edo state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), after the sacking of Governor Godwin Obaseki from the party's primary.
Nigerian Tribune reports that if something urgent is done by the leadership of the party before the primary, APC may also suffer the fate it experienced in Zamfara state.
Legit.ng gathered that Governor Obaseki's hope to be re-elected on the platform of APC was dashed on Friday, June 12, when the party's screening committee declared him unfit for the primary.
The newspaper noted that if the Oshiomhole faction of the party in Edo state eventually settles for Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu as standard-bearer, APC may be a complete loser in the long run.
According to the report, the twin problems are the waiver granted Ize-Iyamu to contest the election and the decision of the National Working Committee (NWC) led by Oshiomhole to unilaterally fix the direct mode for the primary election as well as constituting all other ad hoc committees for the selection process without a recourse to the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party as required by its constitution.
Section 13.4 (xv) of APC was allegedly breached by the NWC in granting Ize-Iyamu a waiver to contest the election after returning to the fold just weeks back.
The provision reads: “Subject to the approval of the National Executive Committee, the National Working Committee may in special circumstances grant a waiver to a person not otherwise qualified under Article 31 of this constitution if in its opinion, such a waiver is in the best interest of the party.”
The report also noted that beyond the preference for Ize-Iyamu, the Oshiomhole faction may also not enjoy an easy ride if a favoured replacement is sought for the former Secretary to the State Government (SSG) to former Governor Lucky Igbinedion.
Permutations were reportedly in place to switch to either of Osaro Obazee or former deputy to Oshiomhole as Edo governor, Pius Odubu if emerging realities compel the abandonment of the Ize-Iyamu project.
A chieftain of the party who preferred to remain anonymous said that NEC must ratify whichever primary mode is settled for, despite the provision of the party’s constitution which supposedly empowers the NWC to unilaterally make such a decision.
The supposedly supportive provision is section 13.4 (xiv) which lists one of the functions of the NWC to include “organise a primary election for the nomination of its presidential candidates, governorship candidates and candidates for election into national and state assemblies.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that some supporters loyal to Governor Obaseki faulted the party's decision to disqualify the governor.
It was reported that Obaseki's supporters described the governor's ouster as unacceptable and falling short of acceptable moral and legal standards.
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