– The Delta state chapter of the APC is engulfed in crisis as the chapter’s two factions have failed to agree on the method of primaries to be adopted
– A frontline candidate, Prof Pat Utomi, walked out on the Prophet Jones Erue-led faction after the latter adopted indirect primaries
– The faction said it chose indirect primaries due to the tense security situation in the state
The crisis in the Delta state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has gotten worse, as two factions in the chapter have failed to agree on either direct or indirect method for the forthcoming state party primaries.
The Prophet Jones Erue-led faction has chosen the indirect method, against the direct primaries method chosen by the Chief Cyril Ogodo-led faction.
NAIJ.com gathers that the direct primaries method is also favoured by the party’s national chairman, Comrade Adams Osiomhole, who inaugurated Erue as the state chairman, upon assumption of office.
A frontline governorship aspirant, Prof Pat Utomi, reportedly walked out of the Erue-led faction meeting after it endorsed the indirect primary method.
Utomi said: “Those who claim to be very popular should come and test their popularity with the party members through direct primaries and not through handpicked delegate elections.”
The Erue-led faction, however, disclosed that it adopted indirect primaries due to the tense security situation in the state. It said it wanted to avoid a repeat of the tension during the last congresses that led to the death of a ward chairmanship aspirant in the Ughelli South council area.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that indications have emerged, showing that the national chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, could be heading for a public spat with Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state, over the mode of selection of the party’s candidates.
The Edo state chapter of the APC is reportedly pushing for a consensus arrangement against Oshiomhole’s injunction for the use of direct primaries for the selection exercise.
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