National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole has reacted to reports that the present governor of Edo state, Godwin Obaseki has rejected the use of direct primary proposed by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party.
The former Edo state governor made this known while speaking to newsmen after a closed-door meeting with some governors.
Speaking about rumors that Obaseki had rejected direct primary, he said, “I don’t have any letter or document to that effect. These are very formal matters.
“We have since published our time-table because under the law, we are required to give INEC at least 21 days notice to monitor our primaries and to state the mode of our primaries.
“And of course, the NWC had approved direct primaries for Edo. That of Ondo has not been discussed because that will come much later, because Edo will come about three weeks before Ondo.
“We have commenced the sale of forms, I think as of last Friday to my knowledge, three people had picked the forms. I think by today (Monday) more people have picked the forms.
“So, we’re selling forms to all those who wish to buy based on the guidelines and of course as the Chairman of the Progressives Governors rightly said, we have ensured in our letter to INEC and even this (Monday) morning, we had a virtual meeting with INEC leadership. We will conduct primaries taking into account the protocols on COVID-19 by the PTF and NCDC. I think everything has been going fine,” Oshiomhole said.