It has been revealed that the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress Adams Oshiomhole actually informed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that the party had agreed to adopt direct primaries before the NWC meeting.
The adoption of the direct primary for the Edo election has been a point of discussion among party members over the days as the governor, Godwin Obaseki rejected it citing COVID-19.
TheCable reports on Wednesday that three days before Oshiomhole called for the National Working Committee meeting that was held around 7 pm, he had told INEC that the party adopted the direct primary.
Oshiomhole wrote Mahmood Yakubu on May 19, it was gathered, but publicly announced the adoption on May 22nd.
According to the letter, Oshiomhole said “I convey to you my compliments and wish to respectfully inform you that the All Progressives Congress (APC) has decided to conduct direct primary for the Edo state governorship election on Monday, 22 of June. 2020.”
“To this end, we have put in place modalities to ensure strict compliance with the COVID-19 prevention guidelines as announced by the COVID-19 presidential task force (PTF) and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
“Therefore, direct primaries will be conducted in one hundred and ninety-two wards (192).