Thursday, 25 June 2020

PDP's 2,229 Delegates To Elect Edo Gov’ship Candidate Today As Buhari’s Decision Attracts APC-NWC’s Threat: Olusegun Ariyo

Shock hits APC power blocs as Buhari backs Giadom

The Peoples Democratic Party will today have a total of 2,229 delegates that is expected to decide who emerges the standard bearer of the party for the edo state governorship election slated for September 19, 2020
The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbodiyan disclosed this to journalists, in Abuja, on Wednesday.

He said the party followed due process in line with its time-tested procedures of electing eligible delegates, who had the responsibility of electing the most suitable candidate among the array of eligible aspirants seeking to fly the party’s flag in the governorship election.
Ologbondiyan also said, “All sensitive and non-sensitive materials have been dispatched to the state.
The election will be carried out in strict compliance with COVID-19 prevention guidelines. Members of the Governorship Primary Election Committee are already in Benin for the exercise.”
Four persons initially obtained the expression of interest and nomination forms and were screened and cleared to contest.
Apart from Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, the other aspirants are Gideon Ikhine, Ogbeide-Ihama and Kenneth Imasuagbon. Two of the aspirants are reported to have stepped down for Obaseki.

Meanwhile President Buhari’s Decision to support the Deputy National Secretary of the All Progressive Congress, Victor Giadom as party Acting chairman has attracted threat coming from the National working Committee to boycott the National Executive Committe (NEC) Meetings called today.

The senior special Assistant to the president on media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu had took to his twitter handle to say president mohammadu Buhari would attend Thursday (Today) APC National Executive Committee Meeting Convened by Giadom

Rather resolving the APC crisis, Buhari’s declaration of his stand threw the party into more confusion as 17 members of the National Working Committee insisted the NEC meeting convened by Giadom, was illegal.
The NWC members also said they would not attend the meeting, insisting that Buhari was blackmailed to support it.
The problem in the APC NWC  came to a head on Tuesday last week when the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja upheld the suspension of the party’s National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, by the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory.
At an emergency meeting on the evening of the same day, 17 members of the NWC loyal to Oshiomhole, appointed a former governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, as acting chairman.
Giadom, in a counter move, together with two other NWC members, addressed a press conference on June 17, when he declared himself as the acting chairman. He backed his action with the judgment of the FCT high court, which in March gave him the go-ahead to be the acting national chairman.
Despite his suspension by two Port  Harcourt courts and his replacement as the deputy national secretary, Giadom on Tuesday issued a notice of the APC NEC meeting, which would hold today  (Thursday).
But the Ajimobi-led NWC on Tuesday said having been suspended from the NWC, Giadom was not qualified to convene the NEC meeting.

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