The National Working Committee of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has inaugurated a seven-member panel for Edo State governorship election primary and another five-member appeal committee.
The inauguration, held at the APC secretariat in Abuja, was chaired by the party’s vice-chairman (South-south), Hilliard Etta, who is filling in for the sick acting national chairman, Abiola Ajimobi.
Mr Ajimobi is replacing suspended Adams Oshiomhole.
Mr Ajimobi was appointed as the interim chairman by members of the NWC on Tuesday, an appointment that birthed the drama at the party’s national office on Wednesday with Victor Giadom, the deputy national secretary, declaring himself the legitimate acting chairman.
Mr Giadom annulled the screening process that disqualified the embattled Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki, as he ordered for a fresh process.
This was later rejected by 12 of the NWC led by Mr Etta in a separate press conference when they reaffirmed Mr Ajimobi as the interim chairman and went further to name the Edo APC primary election and appeal committees.
The election committee is headed by the governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma, while a senator, Ajibola Bashiru, will act as the secretary.
Other members include Abdullahi Abass, Ibrahim Sabo, Ocho Obioma, Amina Muhammed, and Gbenga Elegbeleye.
The five-member appeal committee includes Mustapha Bello (Chairman), Kayode Ajulo (Secretary), Umar Ahmed, Nasiru Junju and Rasaq Bamu.
The APC governorship primary election is scheduled for June 22 without its incumbent governor in the contest.
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