By Ainofenokhai Isa
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on Thursday inaugurated the Edo State Election and Appeal Panels, setting the stage for the conduct of the June 22 party primary election.
The party’s standard bearer in the September governorship election is expected to emerge at the primary election.
The acting National Chairman, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, represented by the National Vice Chairman, South-South, Hon. Hillard Etagbo Eta, directed the committees to ensure the success of the process.
The seven-man Election Panel is headed by Imo Governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma, while Senator Ajibola Bashiru is Secretary.
The five-man Election Appeal Panel has Dr. Yusuf Nawai as Chair while Dr Kayode Ajulo is Secretary.
The party is forging ahead, pushing back internal opposition led by the former Deputy National Secretary and self-acclaimed Acting National Chairman Victor Giadom, to accomplish a successful primary election.
The party leadership under Abiola Ajimobi has charged the NWC to work round the clock to ensure that all legal and administrative hurdles are cleared expeditiously.
A vast majority of party members in Edo State have been anxious over the ruling by the Court of Appeal upholding the suspension of the National Chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
Oshiomhole had been suspended last year by nine members of his ward 10 sponsored by Governor Godwin Obaseki who has resigned from the party after he was disqualified from participating in the forthcoming APC governorship primary election.
The vast majority membership of the Ward Executive did not participate in the suspension of Comrade Oshiomhole.
Although, the Oshiomhole camp believed the process was illegal and the suspension itself was unjust because there was no fair hearing, a Federal High Court, Abuja, had in March, this year, ruled that the suspension was valid.
The Court of Appeal had last Monday upheld the ruling of the court below, precipitating the decision by Oshiomhole to step aside for Ajimobi to step in as national chair on acting capacity.
Oshiomhole is expected to return to his office soonest either through a fresh resolution duly signed by his ward Executive lifting his suspension and/or through filing of stay of execution of the appellate court ruling at the Supreme Court pending the determination of the substantive appeal at the apex court.
The fresh resolution lifting his suspension, expected to be made by his award executive, may well be one of the supporting documents for his appeal at the Supreme Court.