The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State on Monday held its governorship primaries amidst early morning downpour.
The primaries commenced in some areas before 8 a.m, the scheduled time by the Governor Hope Uzodima-led primaries election Committee.
The party members were observed to have adhered strictly to the state government directive and protocols in curtailing the spread of COVID-19, which include physical distancing and wearing of face mask.
Security personnel were reported to be around as well as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials to ensure peaceful conduct and monitor the exercise.
Meanwhile, at Oredo ward 8, though the protocols in curtailing the spread of COVID-19 were adhered to, INEC officials were absent.
The Presiding Officer of the ward, Dr Osifo Igbinoba, said materials arrived on time and that the exercise commenced at 9 a.m.
He, however, said the INEC officials directed them to commence the exercise that they would join them later or alternatively they meet in the INEC office.
Meanwhile, Mr Bello Osagie, former member representing Oredo Federal Constituency at the National Assembly, said the exercise showed internal democracy at work, as the party members freely exercised their franchise.
At ward 5, Ikpoba-Okha, the Chairman of the ward, Mr Osayomore Ogbebor, said with the way the exercise was conducted, it showed that APC would carry the day come September 19.
Similarly, at ward 7, Ikpoba-Okha, the Ward Chairman, Mr John Agho, described the exercise as peaceful and rancour-free. He also confirmed that the exercise commenced at 8 a.m