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Edo primaries: Restriction on gatherings of over 20 remains, Obaseki tells APC, others

The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has told political parties getting to hold their governorship primary elections that restriction on gatherings of over 20 persons remains in situ within the state.

The restriction, he said, was to curb the spread of coronavirus within the state.

He said this while giving an update on COVID-19 situation within the state via his Twitter handle on Saturday.

The governor, who has been declared ineligible to contest within the APC’s Edo State governorship primary, warned that any party getting to hold a gathering of over 20 persons must secure permission from the government .

This is because the All Progressives Congress and Peoples Democratic Party have scheduled their primaries for summer solstice and 19 respectively.

But Obaseki has been disqualified by the APC from participating in its governorship primary in Edo state.

While the APC adopted the primary , PDP would be conducting its primaries using the indirect method.

Obaseki said, “In view of the upcoming elections and to scale back infection transmission rates during political gatherings, I even have issued a gazette that gives guidance on how political parties can conduct their activities.

“There remains a restriction of gatherings for quite 20 persons. However, where higher numbers of persons are required to collect , permit with specified location, guidelines and supervision could also be granted by the @EdoStateGovt.”

The governor also said schools remain closed the state, adding that “in line with the Presidential Task Force recommendations for States, the curfew ranging from 10pm to 4am subsists.”

It was reports that the Independent National Electoral Commission on Tuesday said 15 out of the 18 registered political parties have stated their intention to conduct primaries before the Edo governorship election.

INEC listed the parties are Action Alliance, African. Action Congress, African Democratic Congress, African Democratic Party , APC, All Progressives Grand Alliance, Allied Peoples Movement, and Action Peoples Party.

Others are Labour Party , New Nigeria Peoples Party, National Rescue Movement, PDP, Social Democratic Party , Young Progressive Party , and Zenith Labour Party .

It also said “party primaries for the Edo governorship election will happen between June 2 and 27”.

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