- APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, and Governor Godwin Obaseki are reportedly at loggerheads over the mode of primaries to be adopted in Edo state
- The party's chapter in the state is said to be tilting towards a consensus candidate; while Oshiomhole favors direct primaries
- Obaseki’s special assistant on media has, however, feigned ignorance over the mode of primaries to be adopted
Indications have emerged, showing that the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, could be heading for a public spat with Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state, over the mode of selection of the party’s candidates.
According to Vanguard, the Edo state chapter of the APC is pushing for a consensus arrangement against Oshiomhole’s injunction for the use of direct primaries for the selection exercise.
NAIJ.com gathers that some party aspirants and leaders have also been angling for direct primaries; as they say that is how popular and generally acceptable candidates would emerge. They also assert that the method is less rancorous.
The party’s national chairman, while speaking through his media assistant, Simon Ebegbulem, on Sunday, September 9, said any state chapter adopting indirect or consensus methods must do so through a resolution reached by all major stakeholders.
He said: “They should write a letter to the national secretariat on the issue and where there is a disagreement, the national secretariat will go and conduct direct primaries."
A source with knowledge on the matter, however, reportedly stated: “It is going to be by consensus. How have we been doing it? If not by consensus, the other way is direct. Now, where is the register? Who is a member of APC that will come and vote?
“So when you talk about direct, you must first have a comprehensive membership register. It is like conducing election in Nigeria and you will tell everybody to come and vote; will it work? You must start at a point.
“Lagos that is talking of direct primaries, they are doing registration now so they can have a register and say this is what we have. For direct primaries, you have a known registered number otherwise everybody can come and vote. Do you have the logistic to conduct direct primaries in Edo state?”
The special assistant to Governor Obaseki on media, Crusoe Osagie, reportedly claimed ignorance of the method to be used.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that many state chapters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are being torn apart, over the scramble for governorship tickets.
The ruling party is reportedly battling with crises relating to its governorship tickets in various states including Imo, Kaduna and Ondo.
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