Edo Guber: Uzamere Doubts Oshiomhole’s NWC Adoption Of Direct Primary
A former Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Senator Ehigie Uzamere has argued in favour of the state government over the lingering controversy surrounding the decision of the National Working Committee (NWC) to adopt direct primaries in Edo State.
For him, it was unreasonable and selfish for the National Working Committee to call for a direct primary when, the National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole enjoyed indirect primaries during his two terms election.
Uzamere doubted the sincerity of the NWC decision as the meeting was held around 7 pm on Thursday.
The National Working Committee (NWC) reported on Friday evening that it had adopted a direct primary which permits every single card-carrying member of the party to choose a governorship flagbearer.
From inception, the National Chairman of the APC and the governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki have not been on the same page over the control of the state.
While Oshiomhole accused Obaseki of neglecting his unfinished projects and his loyalists, Obaseki cried that he was being targeted over his refusal to share Edo peoples’ money.
As the election approaches, it is expected that the duo will continue the war ahead of the primaries as a decision is reached on who wears the crown for the next four years.
Oshiomhole, the kingmaker, is rumoured to have an interest in his former ally, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu who he had claimed was not suitable for the position in 2016 governorship election.
Speaking with NAIJA CENTER, the former Senator said “There is COVID-19 ravaging the entire world. Only senseless group of persons will adopt that kind of thing because you are interested in your ambition yet, you want people to die.
“Allow the decision of the President or allow the court to decide where we are going. If we are not careful, what happened in Zamfara will happen in Edo State.”
On whether the governor has the power to make the decision, Uzamere said “that is left for the legal department to advise us. I am saying this is the decision of the party, we opt for indirect. Why would they say we should use directly when a few months ago, they use indirect in Bayelsa and Kogi State, even the two primaries that produced Oshiomhole as the two-term governor of Edo State used indirect, so what has become of them to say we must use direct?”
As for the general implication of the conflicting decision, the Senator said “the court will decide because we have Edo APC led by Anselm Ojezua and a faction led by Col. Imuse, so the question now is that who is going to handle the election in Edo? It is now left for the court to decide,” he said.