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APC, Edo set for showdown as gov primary holds today

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The All Progressives  Congress and the Governor Godwin Obaseki administration in Edo State are set for a showdown over the APC primary election holding  today (Monday)  in the 192 wards of the state.

The   Edo State APC  governorship election committee headed by the Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, which on Sunday released guidelines for the party primary election, insisted that the exercise would hold in all the 192 wards in the state.

But the state government said, in compliance with its COVID-19 law, the APC must apply for a waiver before organising a political gathering in any part of the state.

It alleged that the APC had imported thugs into the state with the aim of causing destruction of lives and property.

The state government had on May 28 gazetted regulations aimed at preventing the spread of infectious diseases, including COVID-19.

Obaseki’s  Special Adviser on  Media, Mr Crusoe Osagie, had on Monday last week, explained the law to one of our correspondents.  He said any party that wanted to organise a gathering must apply for a waiver from the state government and that such must be held in one location.

APC insists on holding primary in 192 wards

But on Sunday, the APC committee said its guidelines were in compliance with the state government’s COVID-19 regulations.

A statement by the Secretary of the APC committee, Dr Ajibola Basiru,  said voting would commence simultaneously at 8am at the 192 wards in the state.

It insisted that not more than 18 persons would be allowed to gather at the same time from the commencement of voting till the end of the exercise when results would be announced.

The party said, “That the process of the election of the candidate of the party shall commence at 8am on Monday, June 22, 2020 at the various wards in all the local government areas with strict compliance with Edo State’s extant law prohibiting gathering of more than 20 persons.

“Not more than 18 persons including Presiding Officers and Independent National Electoral Commission observers shall be at ward voting centre at any point in time

“There shall be simultaneous accreditation and voting in batches as aforesaid until all eligible members have cast their votes without violation of the state’s COVID-19 regulations.

“Not more than 18 persons shall be in attendance for the announcement of results at all ward centres and collation of results at all levels including the state collation.

“All members of the party and members of the public are enjoined to be peaceful and comply fully with the state’s COVID-19 regulations.”

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