The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki was on Friday disqualified from participating in the primary election by the APC screening committee.
Obaseki was disqualified on the ground that his High School Leaving Certificate (HSC) and National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) certificate were defective.
Adams Oshiomhole, the national chairman of the party while receiving the report from the screening committee stated the committee’s verdict is subject to appeal committee decision.
According to him, “the appeal committee will give opportunity to all those who have participated” to approach if they have reasons to counter the judgement of the screening committee.
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Speaking on the result of the screening, the committee chairman, Professor Jonathan Ayuba said; “We are staking our integrity. The integrity of the process in this country in order to arrive at what we have done.
“Mr Chairman (Oshiomhole), our report is conclusive. Every member signed and has agreed with what we have decided at the committee level.
“This is essential because we want to be judged by what we have done and what we are presenting.
“We were thorough in the manner in which we conducted the exercise. We recorded live interaction with each of the aspirants.
“The unedited clip is what we are giving as part of our report. We want to be judged by what we have done and not by what a third party says or by rumour.
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“The methodology we used is clear. It was evidence-based. All we did was an interaction.”
In response to the development, Governor Obaseki who has been in feud with Oshiomhole, said he will not be appealing what he referred to as “unjust screening”.
Sources in Obaseki’s camp revealed last night he was considering different options and most likely will defect to another party to realise his second term ambition.
Many onlookers in the state predicted the governor will be opting for the main opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, speaking to journalists however showed enthusiasm in welcoming Obaseki if he approached the party.
“Yes, of course, we will accept him if he approaches us for membership.
“Joining a party is different from contesting election. These are two separate things.
“People join political parties from their wards. We are in touch with our Edo State chapter and they have not told us that the governor had joined our party.”
Also disqualified by the screening committee were Engr. Chris Ogiemwonyi and Hon. Matthew Iduoriyekemwen.
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