APPEAL COURT GIVES FINAL DECISION ON APC EDO ELECTIONS

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Despite the internal unrest borne out of political interest in APC’s Edo state chapter, the party’s governorship primary election has gotten a nod – The Court of Appeal in Edo gave the ruling party the green light to conduct its primary election using the direct system – Recall that the party had said there was no going back on its direct primary approach for aspirants in the state

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In spite of the internal crisis the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been dealing with, the Edo state chapter of the ruling party has been given the go-ahead to conduct its governorship primary. 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.

APC gets court’s nod for direct governorship primary in Edo state Source: Depositphotos 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.

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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.