- Despite the internal unrest borne out of political interest in APC's Edo state chapter, the party's governorship primary election has gotten a nod
- The Court of Appeal in Edo gave the ruling party the green light to conduct its primary election using the direct system
- Recall that the party had said there was no going back on its direct primary approach for aspirants in the state
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In spite of the internal crisis the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been dealing with, the Edo state chapter of the ruling party has been given the go-ahead to conduct its governorship primary.
According to The Nation, APC was given the nod by the Court of Appeal, sitting in Benin on Thursday, June 18, to use the direct primary system on Monday, June 22.
The court in its ruling set aside the June 8 judgment of the Federal High Court which restrained the APC from conducting the Edo state gubernatorial primary election.
It was also reported that the federal court was ordered to continue hearing the suit by first determining the jurisdiction.
Justice Morenike Ogunwomiju, presiding over the matter in her lead judgment, described the order by Justice Mohammed Umar of the Federal High Court as problematic.
Ogunwomiju who was supported by Justice Sam Oseji said the trial judge gave a problematic order that was not sought by the parties to the suit.
Legit.ng had earlier reported that the Oshiomhole-led national working committee had opted for direct primary for the election in the state.
But 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.
Governor 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.
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.
However, a Federal High Court in Benin City on Monday, June 8, granted an order restraining the APC and 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.
In a related development, Governor Obaseki resigned his membership of the ruling party. The Edo governor bowed out in style after holding talks with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House in Abuja on Tuesday, June 16.
The governor's resignation, which was followed by that of his deputy Philip Shaibu, came on the heels of a feud that has set Obaseki on warpath with his former godfather, Oshiomhole.
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