By Jide Orintunsin, Abuja
Former national president of the All Progressives Congress (APC), John Odigie-Oyegun, passed a vote of confidence on Thursday over the governors of Edo and Ondo, Godwin Obaseki and Rotimi Akeredolu.
Governors, he said, must receive the party's ticket for re-election.
According to him, "they had a credible performance, unless they don't want to".
Odigie-Oyegun said that his request for support for the two Governors was informed by the agreement reached to resolve the leadership crisis at the national level that threatened his existence.
He, however, warned the party leadership to impose candidates, calling for free and fair primaries in both states.
According to him, if other members showed interest, the party should accept other aspirants.
"Our democracy, of course, has no room for imposition, so the party must accept and also present any member who offers to serve in the positions held by the acting governors," he emphasized.
The former Edo governor, in a signed statement, specifically warned that the nature of the government's primary election in the state of Edo would determine the form and survival of the APC as a political party.
He maintained: "It is critical that the primary is seen even by a blind man, to be free and fair, otherwise there would be political consequences"
According to the APC chief, the party's primary governance “will show Nigerians and the world whether APC is a part of truth, change and progress, guided by the principles of justice, social justice and equity, or has become a part of who believes and promotes business as always! "
Odigie-Oyegun prayed that a consensus would be built behind Governor Obaseki, but added that, in the absence of this, “everything must be done to ensure that the people at the head of the party in the center who are part of the artificial crisis in Edo State do not even remotely allowed to plan, participate in or supervise the primary election.
“To allow any member of the national leadership who is involved in the artificial crisis in the State of Edo would be tantamount to making that person or persons judge in their own case. This is contrary to the principle of natural justice and will naturally be resisted ”, warned Odigie-Oyegun.
The former national president of the party also asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to prepare for free, fair and crisis-free elections in both states.