……party insist that all aspirants must face direct primaries


By Timothy Omobude



Protesting members of APC in Edo state

The Secretary to All Progressive Party, APC, Edo state chapter Mr. Lawrence Okay has assured APC members in the state that every aspirant vying for any position under the party platform in the forth coming general election in the state must face direct primaries.

Mr. Okah gave this assurance when he received the party members from Uhonwmonde who protested to the party secretariat in Benin City on Wednesday.

He said, the party state executives will not do anything that will be deemed to be different from the directive from the party national working committee, NWC.

“The state excos must work with what is in accordance with national executives that says Edo should head for primaries, which will be decided by the party members on the field in the coming days”, don’t believe the rumours you hear outside, the authentic information is what you are hearing from me now being a state officer”.

Earlier, the spoke person for the Uhonwmonde LGA protesters, Mr. Goodday Uduware told the APC state secretary that they were in the office to register their grievances against what they described as imposition of unwanted candidate on the people which he said was against the people’s desire.

He said, the people had earlier submitted a petition signed by over one hundred of Uhonwmonde indigenes and that people can no longer accept the era of one man deciding for the entire people saying that the party has only one option which is direct primary that will be  decided on the field.

“The APC candidate in Uhonwmonde that we know is K.C Osawmonyi who will fly the flag of the party come 2019 and he will represent us at the state house of assembly”.

Also, Mrs. Anita Iyare, Mr Ehigiator James and Benson Paul said the party should do the needful to avoid the dangers looming ahead of the country’s general election which they described as a situation that will not be palatable.

Mrs Iyare categorically pointed out that if the state excos choose to satisfy the interest of one individual, they should consider the party dead in local government.