War is brewing in Edo State chapter of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday approved the direct primary mode for the Edo State governorship election in the party.
Things have been progressively rough between the camp of the National Chairman of APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and that of Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki over the mode to be used for the governorship primary slated for June 22 this year. While the National Working Committee of the APC under the leadership of Oshiomhole proposed direct mode, Obaseki and his supporters have vehemently faulted it, insisting that indirect mode be used. Oshiomhole had earlier written to INEC that the party would do direct primary. Obaseki’s government however countered by issuing a gazette signed on May 28 banning all political gatherings that could make direct primary possible in the state.
Officials of the Edo state government insisted that all political parties in the state must obey the regulations captured in the gazette aimed at curtailing the spread of COVID-19 in the conduct of primary elections.
Oshiomhole has been embroiled in a political warfare with his former godson who insists that he would not surrender the state to “godfathers.”