Edo 2020: ‘INEC Approves Oshiomhole’s Mode of Primary Election’ Obaseki Kicks
Edo Governor, Godwin Obaseki has kicked against the directive given by the National Independent Electoral Commission which asked All Progressives Congress party in the state to conduct direct primary elections.
Governor Obaseki through his media aide, Crusoe Osagie, said INEC only approved the mode of primary Oshiomhole requested for.
Osagie stated that currently, there is a restraining order on APC, Oshiomhole and all the other agencies from carrying out any activity relating to the primary in the state pending the determination of the substantive suit before the Court.
He also said that aside the Court order, there is a regulation monitoring the activities due to COVID-19 in Nigeria and Edo state, which prevents anybody to carry out activities that are similar to direct primary election in the state.
According to him, other parties have complied and it is expected that the APC should complied too, adding ‘there is an order on ground preventing people from gathering in all the local governments and 192 wards of the state for the purpose of direct primary.
Also speaking, the factional chairman of the Governor Obaseki’s faction, said there is a court order that restrains anybody from conducting primary in the state.
He noted that it is not INEC that conducts the primary election but the party.
On his part, the chairman of Oshiomhole’s faction David Imuse, said it is the party that has decided on direct primary election and that nobody can change that.