The All Progressives Congress (APC), Edo State chapter has expressed displeasure over the decision of the national working committee (NWC) to adopt direct primary for electing the party’s candidate for the state’s 2020 governorship election.
The NWC led by Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the ruling party, at a meeting in Abuja on Friday, agreed on the mode for the primary election process.
The direct primary mode enables all card-carrying members of the party from local government areas of the state will be eligible to vote and produce party’s flag bearer at the poll.
The Chairman of APC in Edo State, Anselm Ojezua, while speaking with reporters accused the NWC of imposing the direct method on the state as a means to target incumbent governor Godwin Obaseki.
Oshiomhole, a former governor of the state and his successor, Obaseki, who fell out midway into the tenure of the governor, have both been in a race to outwit each other.
Ojezua said the national executive committee (NEC) of the party had clearly stated that each state is at liberty to adopt any method it prefers.
The governorship primary is slated to hold on June 22, while the election is expected to hold on September 19.
The leadership of the party has granted a waiver to Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2016, to partake in the primary.
Ize-Iyamu had defected to the APC in the heat of the crisis between Obaseki and Oshiomhole. He is believed to have the backing of the APC national chairman.