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Jun 22, 2020

We don’t need Obaseki’s permission for direct primaries— APC Chieftain

We don’t need Obaseki’s permission for direct primaries— APC Chieftain

A chieftain of All Progressive Congress (APC) in Edo State and the Director of Communication and Media for Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu Campaign Organisation, Prince John Mayaki, has said that APC does not need the permission of Governor Godwin Obaseki to conduct the party’s primaries, noting that direct mode of primary adopted was in line with the governor’s gazette, which permits a gathering of 20 persons.
Mayaki made this known in an interview with journalists on Sunday in Benin City, the state capital.
According to him, the adoption of the direct mode of primary by the party was done to allow for an effective decentralization of the process, reduced inter-community and regional movements of people, and sufficient room for proper social distancing and process management in compliance with all health guidelines in place to curb the spreading of the coronavirus disease.
“Having studied the Governor’s gazette, and without bias, the party chapter in Edo State has designed a primary process that will see only a maximum of 18 persons, including officials, observers, and voters, converge at a single point for the entire duration of the exercise across wards tomorrow even though the gazette permitted 20 persons.
“Necessary clearance has been sought and obtained from all relevant bodies including the electoral body, INEC, the Police, and health agencies who have all attested to the readiness of the party to conduct the exercise without violating any existing laws in place to prevent the spread of the viral disease.
”The Governor should seek immediate attention for his obsession with the APC, focus on his new party, and desist from calculated moves intended to introduce chaos and disunity in our advancing party.
“The voluntary exit of the Governor has opened the door to a blast of fresh air and decorum, and we are making great strides in the quest to build a stronger Edo”.

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