Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State is now heading for the mother of all battles with his predecessor and political godfather, Adams Oshiomhole.
We gathered that the governor is ready to fight Oshiomhole over unsettled issues arising from the mode of selection of the party’s candidates.
Sources told us that the Edo State chapter of the APC is pushing for a consensus arrangement against Oshiomhole’s injunction for the use of direct primaries for the selection exercise.
We were told that leaders of the APC in Edo State are routing for consensus as they believed that it would be less rancorous and there is currently now comprehensive voters register to determine the actual number of registered voters in the state.
However, the Special Assistant to the Governor on Media, Mr. Crusoe Osagie claimed ignorance of the method to be used.
But Oshiomhole’s media assistant, Mr. Simon Ebegbulem revealed that; “They should write a letter to the national secretariat on the issue and where there is a disagreement, the national secretariat will go and conduct direct primaries.”
“It is going to be by consensus. How have we been doing it? If not by consensus, the other way is direct, now where is the register, who is a member of APC that will come and vote. So when you talk about direct, you must first have a comprehensive membership register. It is like conducing election in Nigeria and you will tell everybody to come and vote; will it work?”
“You must start at a point. Lagos that is talking of direct primaries, they are doing registration now so they can have a register and say this is what we have. For direct primaries, you have a known registered number otherwise everybody can come and vote. Do you have the logistic to conduct a direct primaries in Edo State?”