As the date for the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary draws nearer, gladiators in the Edo State chapter of the party, including Governor Godwin Obaseki, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and Simeon Odubu among others, are making preparations for the final showdown to clinch the party’s ticket.
It is going to be a foretaste of the main battle in which no fewer than 18 political parties have so far expressed readiness to participate in the governorship polls that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has scheduled for September 19, 2020.
Stakeholders have expressed preparedness for the exercise, just as INEC maintains that there will be no room for postponement of the election. INEC Public Relations Officer in Edo State, Mrs. Tina Obamogie, disclosed that though the guidelines are in place, there are other areas of interface with political parties to fine-tune strategies for a hitch-free primaries. She said though most of the umpire’s meetings and interactions with the political parties are virtual, adding that the commission’s election party monitoring department is in touch with the 18 political parties in the state.
With INEC guidelines in place, Publicity Secretary APC Edo State, Pastor Joseph Osagiede, said the party had three methods of primaries, emphasising that the indirect mode of selection as ratified by the party’s National Executive Committee would determine the emergence of its governorship candidate.