EDO: INEC INSISTS ON DIRECT PRIMARY FOR APC, INDIRECT FOR OTHER PARTIES

With the stage set for a possible power shift in Edo state, Governor Godwin Obaseki faces the tricky hurdle of sailing past the internal party unrest and cruising to victory at the All Progressive Congress primary election.

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Festus Okoye, INEC Commissioner of Information
The Independent National Electoral Commission has confirmed that the All Progressives Congress in Edo will select its candidate for the September governorship election through direct primary.

Mr Festus Okoye, the National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, said this in a statement after a virtual meeting on Tuesday in Abuja.

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He said out of 18 registered political parties, 15 have notified their intention to conduct primaries to nominate candidates for the Edo Governorship election.
Okoye said that the notice was in accordance with Sections 85 and 87 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).

“By the Timetable and Schedule of Activities issued by the Commission on Feb. 6, party primaries for the Edo Governorship election will take place between June 2 and June 27,” he said.

Okoya said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) would hold direct primary on June 22, while the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would hold indirect primary between June 19 and June 20.

According to Okoye, the African Action Congress (AAC), African Democratic Party (ADP), Allied Peoples Movement (APM), New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) and Social Democratic Party (SDP) will also conduct indirect primaries on June 25.

He also said that the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Allied Peoples Movement (APM), Labour Party (LP) and Young Progressives Party (YPP) had notified the commission that they would conduct indirect primaries on June 27.

Other parties to hold indirect primaries were Action Peoples Party (APP) on June 26, National Rescue Movement (NRM) June 20 and Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) June 14.

Okoye appealed to the various political parties to conduct their primaries in full compliance with the provisions of the laws and guidelines.

These, according to him, include the 1999 Constitution and Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), Regulations and Guidelines for the Conduct of Political Party Primaries (2018) and the INEC Policy for Conducting Elections in the context of COVID-19 Pandemic.

“Political parties must shun all acts capable of breaching the peace and unsettling the peace and order of the State and jeopardising the health and safety of party members, election officials and observers,” he said.

On the prosecution of election offenders, Okoye said that INEC had received 16 case files arising out of the 2019 general elections.

“In the understanding that impunity encourages perpetrators of election offences, the Commission is vigorously prosecuting offenders.

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