Governor Godwin Obaseki has rejected the adoption of direct primaries for the Edo State Governorship election by the National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Naija News had reported that the APC NWC had on Thursday adopted direct primary option to select a candidate for the September 19, 2020 Edo State governorship election.
Reacting in a statement through his Media Adviser, Crusoe Osagie, Obaseki stated that the ruling party NWC lacked the power to select a primary mode for Edo State.
According to the Edo Governor, only the APC’s National Executive Committee can decide the method to be adopted.
Obaseki said, “That report was a scoop, there was no meeting of the NWC in which the decision was taken. If the Oshiomhole camp is having it at the back of their minds that it is what they want to do, they don’t have the power to do that.
“The power to direct what kind of primary to do rests on NEC and NEC at the last meeting decided that because of the dissenting voices, all modes of primary should be decided by the different state chapters as it was done in Kogi and Bayelsa. In Kogi, for example, they determined the kind of primary they wanted, and in Bayelsa, the same thing happened.
“So, in Edo, the same method will be adopted, according to the rules of NEC. We will now write the NWC to say this is the mode of primary that we want.”