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18 Edo LG chairmen oppose planned APC direct primary

The Edo State Chapter of the Association of Local Government Chairmen of Nigeria has thrown its weight behind the adoption of indirect primary election by the Edo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress for choosing the party’s candidate for the 2020 governorship election.

Representing Edo State ALGON Chairman, Chairman, Etsako Central Local Government Council and Vice-Chairman of Edo ALGON, Akhigbe Osi John, during a press briefing on Sunday said it was reckless for any group or an individual to propose a direct primary governorship nomination process.

He said, “Edo State chapter of ALGON hereby make clear our resolution that indirect primary is the safest option, the most humane and healthy alternative for the APC 2020 governorship primary.

“Edo State ALGON is shocked that the National Working Committee of the party had opted to conduct a direct primary for the nomination of a governorship candidate in the 2020 governorship election. We believe that members of the NWC will not want to be chronicled as political leaders who willingly sacrificed the lives of their members for ungodly purpose of securing political advantage in an election.

“Working with the state Task force on COVID-19, we are aware of the inimical health dangers the virus portends for the people in the communities. We work daily under the guidance of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and all the relevant health agencies to curtail the spread of COVID-19. We stand solidly and irrevocably with the position of the state leadership of our party under the dynamic chairman, Anslem Ojezua

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