The crisis rocking the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) which led to the decampment of Edo state governor Godwin Obaseki to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has deepened as one of the four acting national chairmen Victor Giadom has written to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) not to recognize any primary election conducted by the party today, June 22.

In a letter written to INEC which is his second since he declared himself acting chairman following the ouster of Adams Oshiomhole from that position by the Court of Appeal, Giadom said there was no governorship primary election scheduled to be held in Edo State on Monday June 22, 2020.

In the letter addressed to INEC Chairman, dated Thursday June 18, 2020 with the title, “No APC gubernatorial primary committee has been inaugurated for Edo State and no primaries planned for Monday June 22, 2020,” he said his leadership’s attention had been drawn to activities of some people including Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State to conduct party primaries in Edo State on Monday June 22.

He said neither was such a plan or arrangement known to him or authorised by him as Acting National Chairman and such, that the INEC should not give its support or monitoring to them.

“Reports reaching me is that some persons have perfected plans to conduct direct gubernatorial primaries for our great party in Edo State next week under the purported chairmanship of His Excellency Governor Hope Uzodinma on Monday, June 22, 2020.

“Kindly note that as the Acting Chairman of our party, I did not authorize such a committee, neither have I inaugurated one. The earlier announced date for the primaries that is June 22, 2020, has been postponed.

“You are therefore advised not to give any support to any such committee or to monitor any such primaries. A new date for the primaries would be communicated to you soonest. We regret the inconvenience this might cause your commission.

“A copy of this letter is being sent to the relevant law enforcement agencies and the Chairman of Edo State APC, Mr. Anselm Ojezua for their information and necessary actions,” Giadom said

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