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.
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.