The ACN in Edo on Saturday commenced primary in the 18 local government areas of the state ahead of the July 14 governorship election.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that at the wards visited in Benin, party members were seen in large numbers waiting to either get accredited or begin voting.
Uyigue Igbe, Speaker of the Edo House of Assembly, told newsmen at ward 10 in Oredo Local Government Area that the primary was a mere formality as the party has only one aspirant.
Gov. Adams Oshiomhole is the only candidate for the primary.
Igbe said that the decision to adopt the governor for a second term was unanimously, stressing that the governor’s developmental efforts contributed to the decision.
He said the primary was meant to formalise and authenticate the governor’s candidacy in line with INEC guidelines and party constitution.
Modino Emovon, the state women leader, said ACN women bought the nomination form for the governor in appreciation of his commitment to developing the state.
Ms Emovon said the women and youths in the state were solidly behind the governor.
Osarentin Edosawan, special adviser to the governor on Projects and Education, who spoke to newsmen at ward 9, debunked the claim that other party members were not given opportunity to contest the position.
NAN also reports that men of the Nigeria Police were seen in large numbers at the ACN party secretariat.
The state chairman of the party, Thomas Okosun, said the heavy security at the secretariat was aimed at controlling the crowd when the governor would be announced as winner of the primary.