The leadership of the Labour Party has approved a slight adjustment in the party’s guidelines ahead of the Edo State governorship primary election.
A statement by the National Publicity Secretary, Obiora Ifoh, said that the party took this decision after its National Working Committee meeting yesterday and adjusted by a day the entire timetable including the dates for the purchase and submission of forms for the delegate elections, deadline for the purchase and submission of the Expression of Interest and Nomination forms for the governorship primary election as well as dates for the appeals.
He said that the sale of forms which was earlier slated to end on Saturday February 10, is now shifted to Monday February 12. The date for the governorship primaries earlier fixed for February 22, will now hold on the 23 of February.
Similarly, Ifoh said that the leadership of the party also adjusted the guideline for the emergence of the party candidate for the election. While two delegates will emerge from each of the 192 political wards in the state, the leadership of the party however increased the local government delegates from five to seven persons in all the 18 LGAs each.
“In taking this decision, the party, having listened to submissions from the various stakeholders of the party including the members of the National Assembly, elders and leaders of the party in the state, agreed to increase the number of the delegates to ensure more participation and democratization of the exercise.”
The party pledged that it would ensure a level playing ground for all aspirants even as it insists that it would not in any way interfere in the process leading to the emergence of its flagbearer.