Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), Edo state chapter on Sunday in Benin insisted on the use of indirect mode of primary election to pick the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the party’s June 22 primary election.
Addressing a press conference at the state APC Secretariat, Vice Chairman of ALGON who is also the chairman of Etsako Central local government area, Hon Joseph Akhigbe who stood in for the chairman, Hon Jenkins Osunde said with the ravaging coronavirus, the indirect mode of primary was the best option to be adopted to avoid emergency and fatality.
According to him, “To propose a direct primary governorship nomination process for our political party in the current season of a global pandemic, to create a gathering where thousands of our party members will have to intimately relate with a zero prospect of social distancing, is to us irresponsible and humanly reckless.
“For a party that was founded on the principles of the supremacy of the interest of the people, Edo state ALGON is shocked that the National Working Committee (NWC) of our party had supposedly opted to conduct a direct primary process of nomination for Edo governorship.
We believe that the members of the NWC will not want to be chronicled as the political leaders who were willing to sacrifice the lives of their members for the ungodly advantage of securing a political advantage in an election.
“Edo state ALGON hereby make clear our resolution that indirect primary is the safest option, the most humane and healthy alternative for the APC 2020 governorship primaries.
“We stand solidly and irrevocably with the position of the state leadership of our party under the dynamic chairman, Barr Anselm Ojezua and the expressed thoughtful concerns of our political leaders and supporters worldwide”
He said that they were solidly behind the programs of the administration of the Governor Godwin Obaseki who they said was performing well in all the sectors of the state.