The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has buried the agitation of the Godwin Obaseki tendency in the All Progressives Congress, APC in Edo State for the conduct of indirect primary ahead of the election due in September.
The commission in a statement made available to GWG said it had received communication from 15 of the 18 registered political parties registered for the election.
Mr. Festus Okoye, the National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, said this in a statement after a virtual meeting on Tuesday in Abuja.
Okoye said that the notice was in accordance with Sections 85 and 87 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).
“By the Timetable and Schedule of Activities issued by the Commission on Feb. 6, party primaries for the Edo Governorship election will take place between June 2 and June 27,” he said.
Okoya said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) would hold direct primary on June 22, while the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would hold indirect primary between June 19 and June 20.
According to Okoye, the African Action Congress (AAC), African Democratic Party (ADP), Allied Peoples Movement (APM), New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) and Social Democratic Party (SDP) will also conduct indirect primaries on June 25.
He also said that the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Allied Peoples Movement (APM), Labour Party (LP) and Young Progressives Party (YPP) had notified the commission that they would conduct indirect primaries on June 27.
Other parties to hold indirect primaries were Action Peoples Party (APP) on June 26, National Rescue Movement (NRM) June 20 and Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) June 14.
“Political parties must shun all acts capable of breaching the peace and unsettling the peace and order of the State and jeopardising the health and safety of party members, election officials and observers,” he said.
“In the understanding that impunity encourages perpetrators of election offences, the Commission is vigorously prosecuting offenders.”