Governor Obaseki Reacts After APC Disqualifies Him from Contesting

Governor Obaseki disqualified

The All Progressive Congress (APC) screening committee has disqualified Governor Obaseki

Tagging his is ineligible to contest for the next Edo state gubernatorial elections

The Governor was contesting primarily for the APC ticket

to contest alongside Ize Itami and Dr Pius Odubu

Governor Obaseki and five other aspirants were screen by the committee earlier this week

In order to validate their credentials and grant them clearance to vie for the party’s ticket

to contest in the September 19 governorship election.

However, when the seven-member committee led by Professor Jonathan Ayuba

presented its report to the party’s National Working Committee on Friday, June 12,

the committee said Obaseki and two other candidates were not eligible.

Furthermore Prof. Jonathan Ayuba said the governor did not present his Higher School Leaving Certificate.

Ayuba further notes that the committee could not ascertain

the authenticity of his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) certificate.

Governor Obaseki disqualified

Ayuba further said the committee recommended that he is not eligible to contest in the election.

However Dr. Pius Odubu and Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu are free to contest.

Meanwhile, Governor Obaseki has reacted to his disqualification

The governor had earlier share fears, concerning him not being given justice during the screening

And now true to his word, He has been disqualified from the process

Governor Obaseki in a statement released by his spokesman, Crusoe Osagie,

said he had initially mentioned that going by the manner in which activities

leading to the primaries were being held, there was no way he would get a fair assessment

Moreover in the run-up to the nomination of candidates to fly the flag of the party

in the forthcoming Edo gubernatorial election.

He said it is unfortunate that this “open show of shame, illegality,

and travesty of justice is the brand of democracy

which Comrade Oshiomhole has reduced the APC to”.

The governor added that he will not be appealing the party’s decision

to disqualify him and wished Oshiomole well.

“We have therefore decided that it would be an effort in futility

to appeal whatever the unjust outcome of the evaluation

and screening process of the APC will be,

especially when Comrade Oshiomhole has declared that he is the Supreme Court

and ultimate determiner of the fate and future of our great party.

We wish Oshiomhole well in his maladministration of the party

and trust that the Almighty will help our country

to find the path to true liberty, freedom, and justice,” Obaseki said

Governor Obaseki and Oshiomole have been in a running battle over who controls the affairs of the state.

The state governorship election is slated for September 19, 2020.