By Temidayo Akinsuyi
Lagos – The Edo state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Friday said it is adopting the indirect primary method for the emergence of the party’s flagbearer in the September 19, 2020 governorship election in the state.
The National Working Committee (NWC) had in the early hours of Friday said it has adopted direct primary option, where all registered party members will elect for the governorship flagbearer.
However, speaking with DAILY INDEPENDENT, Anselm Ojezua, Edo state chairman of APC said the NWC lacks the power to impose the direct method on the state as the National Executive Committee (NEC) had clearly stated that each state is at liberty to adopt any method it prefers.
According to him, stakeholders in Edo APC just concluded a crucial meeting where they adopted the indirect or delegate primary method.
He said: “The NWC cannot decide the mode of the primary. The decision of the National Executive Committee (NEC) is very clear and that is, every state will choose the mode of primary it wants and notify the NWC for them to act on.”
“In that regard, we have just concluded our meeting here today, made up of the State Executive Committee and the statutory national delegates to the convention.
“We have adopted the indirect primary method as the preferred mode for the governorship election. We are preparing the resolution and very soon, we will prepare a statement to that effect,” he said.