EDO state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday said the reason former Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon (Mrs) Elizabeth Ativie resigned from the party contrary to what she said was because she failed to substitute the name of the winner of the primary election where she came a distant third when the party was picking the House of Representatives candidate for Orhionmwon/Uhunmwonde federal constituency.
A statement in Benin City by the State Publicity Secretary of the party, Uwadiae Igbingie said the party was also aware that Ativie was already holding meetings with the Labour Party with the intention of joining the party.
Recalled that Ativie had alleged that the primary election of the party was controversial and that the party did not heed the First Lady, Aisha Buhari and the National Secretariat of the parties directive’s position that a percentage of all elective positions must be reserved for female aspirants.
But Uwadiae in the statement said “It will interest the curious public to know that APC conducted the freest, fairest primaries and convention to elect our respective candidates to the various political positions throughout the federation.
“In the primary for the Orhionmwon / Uhunmwonde Federal Constituency, Hon. (Mrs.) Elizabeth Ativie participated and came a distant 3rd and last.