The national leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress is in a dilemma over which mode of primaries to adopt for the forth coming governorship polls in Edo and Ondo states.
According to a report by the Punch newspaper, findings indicate that APC leaders especially in the two affected states had yet to agree on the issue.
The Edo State Chairman of the APC, Anselem Ojezua, said that based on a decision of the party’s National Executive Committee, state chapters were at liberty to choose what mode best suited their peculiarities before forwarding same to the National Working Committee.
Ojezua said, “The decision as to what mode will be deployed is a decision that will be taken at the state level. Whatever the state decides is what the National Working Committee will do.
“This was a decision that was taken by the National Executive Committee which is an organ that is superior to the NWC, that was decided in 2018 before the general elections that was what obtained at that time and that was what obtained with Kogi and Bayelsa, so Edo and Ondo will follow the same pattern except the NEC meets to decide otherwise,” he said.
But a faction of the party led by Col. David Imuse disagrees, saying it is the national working committee of the party that decide.
“The state has nothing to do with the governorship primaries,” he was quoted to have said.
It would be recalled that the Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki and the national Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole have been having fierce battle over the control of party infrastructure in the state. Several efforts made by leaders of the party including President Muhammadu Buhari have failed to yield expected result.