APC Gets Go-ahead For Direct Governorship
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has received a go-ahead to organize a direct governorship primary in Edo State in spite the internal crisis the party if facing. According to The Nation, APC was given the nod by the Court of Appeal, sitting in Benin on Thursday, June 18, to use the direct primary system on Monday, June 22.
The court in its ruling set aside the June 8 judgment of the Federal High Court which restrained the APC from conducting the Edo state gubernatorial primary election. It was also reported that the federal court was ordered to continue hearing the suit by first determining the jurisdiction.
Justice Morenike Ogunwomiju, presiding over the matter in her lead judgment, described the order by Justice Mohammed Umar of the Federal High Court as problematic. Ogunwomiju who was supported by Justice Sam Oseji said the trial judge gave a problematic order that was not sought by the parties to the suit.
The Oshiomhole-led national working committee had opted for direct primary for the election in the state, But Obaseki and his loyalists in a counter move declared that the party would not adopt a direct primary election since the indirect alternative is also allowed by the constitution of the party.
Governor Obaseki, through his special adviser on media and communication strategy, Crusoe Osagie, said that going by the safety rules outlined by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, only indirect primary is appropriate for the state at this time.
Speaking on Saturday, June 6, APC through its spokesperson Lanre Issa-Onilu said there is no going back on the decision of the party’s national working committee on the state.