Edo poll: Group raises Covid-19 alarm, rejects direct primaries for parties




A group under the aegis of Concern Edo Citizens Forum (CECF) has admonished political parties participating at the Edo State governorship poll to respect government guidelines on social distancing to curb the spread of  coronavirus (COVID-19).

In a statement  issued by Comrade Roy Oribhabor and Barr. Osamwonyi Ibude, Convener and Secretary respectively, the group called  on political parties to consider the mode of primaries that will help reduce the spread of the virus and its potency.

The group’s admonition came amidst the adoption of direct primary by the National Working Committee, (NWC) of the All Progressive Congress (APC).

Direct primary mode is a process that allows all registered members of the party to vote in the selection of the party’s candidate; whilst  the indirect mode restricts the exercise to accredited delegates only.

Whilst commending  President Muhammadu  Buhari proactive measure in combating the spread of the dreaded virus, CECF said: “As Concerned citizens, we are seriously worried about the political activities in Edo state because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“It’s on record that this deadly virus has no respect for status and positions because we  are first Edo people before election.

“Therefore direct method of primaries are not advisable at this material time of World pandemic because this system will further enhance the spread of Coronavirus in the Society”.

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