The Labour Party (LP) has fixed February 22 for the conduct of its primary election for the Edo state governorship poll.
According to a communique issued on Wednesday by Obiora Ifoh, LP’s national publicity secretary, the decision was reached on Tuesday at the party’s national working committee (NWC) meeting.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has since scheduled the governorship election in Edo to be held on September 21.
The LP pegged the price of its expression of interest and nomination forms at N30 million.
“NWC approved the commencement of the sale and submission of Expression of Interest and the Nomination Forms to be between January 25 and February 11, 2024. It exempted Female aspirants from paying for the Expression of Interest Form only,” the statement reads.
“NWC approved Indirect Primary election wherein a Ward and Local Government congresses shall hold to elect the flag bearer.
“NWC also approved February 14 for Screening of Aspirants; February 22 for primary election; February 23 for resolution of dispute or appeal arising from the primaries, if any.”
The communique added that the NWC also passed a vote of confidence on Julius Abure, national chairman of the LP.
“It noted the milestone the party achieved in the recent general election where it won as many as One governorship, 7 Senate, 34 House of Representatives and numerous States House of Assembly seats,” NWC noted.
“It regretted that the number depleted after losing some seats through the courts while also hoping to gain more seats in the coming days through rerun elections.
“The NWC also pledged its loyalty to the national leader and its presidential candidate, Peter Obi, for his commitment to the party in spite of the electoral robbery witnessed in the country recently.”