By Gabriel Enogholase
Benin City- Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo StateÂ yesterday in Benin warned against the commercialization of party primaries by the leadership of his party, the Action Congress (AC), lamenting that this has been the vogue of party leaders in the past which should be consigned to the dustbin.
According to the governor who spoke while receiving two members of the House of Representatives Messers Samson Osagie and Patrick Obahiagbon who defected from the Peoples Democratic Party to the Action Congress, aspirants to the various elective positions should keep their gun powers dry until the leadership of the party comes with a calendar on how the party primaries would be conducted.
â€œIt is not yet time for electioneering. I will continue to appeal to our people to wait for the party to roll out the guidelines. There is no point starting a race before they ringed the bell because you may exhaust your fuel before the race begins, If you exhausts your fuel before the race begins, you will find out that you have not done yourself much goodâ€. â€œI think at this hour we are still building the party, we are strengthening the party and we are re-focusing the party so that we can win every election. When the party leadership decides on the calendar, of course, the stage will be openedâ€. â€œOur commitment to One Man, One Vote means that power is in the hands of party members. But we expect them to use them judiciously. No monetization of primaries because that is not what One Man, One Vote represents. For our candidates as well as party leaders, you should resist the temptation of monetizing or commercializing the primaries.