Former commissioner speaks on Edo APC governorship primary 

A former commissioner for education in Edo state, Dr. Washington Osifo, has said the February 17, 2024 governorship primary of the state All Progressives Congress (APC) was  was not so flawed as painted.

Osifo noted that “no major political party has the capacity to conduct a free and fair primary election without leadership interference.”

Three aspirants are currently laying claim to victory in the exercise, with some others faulting the conduct of the primary election.

Osifo who briefed journalists in Benin City on Tuesday, urged aspirants in the contest to “come together and work for our party and the governorship candidate, Hon. Dennis Idahosa in the interest of APC  and Edo people in general.”

The ex-commissioner had also joined the race, but quit after a local screening committee report left his name him out of its final list.

Continuing, Osifo said: “most members do not have a grasp of the import and the criticality of the exercise. 

“This yawning gap has always been filled by the leadership of the parties who give guidance and direction on critical decisions in the party.

“That is integral to the party system whose main focus is how to present a candidate who is well entrenched in the party, and could muster the political muscle to win the election. 

“Someone may possess political assets to win general elections without the wherewithal to easily emerge as candidate due to variants in the dynamics of both forms of elections.

“It is impractical to adopt  the Western style wholesale liberalization of internal politics of the party in an immature democratic environment such as ours,” Osifo stated.