The Screening Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has excluded Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, from participating in the upcoming governorship primary election of the party slated for June 22, 2020.
Earlier this week, Obaseki and five different aspirants were screened by the screening committee to validate their certifications and grant them clearance to strive for the party’s ticket to contest in the September 19 governorship election.
Nonetheless, when the seven members screening committee led by Professor Jonathan Ayuba submitted its report to the party’s National Working Committee on Friday, June 12, the committee proclaimed that Obaseki and two different aspirants were not cleared.
Prof. Jonathan Ayuba said the governor didn’t present his Higher School Leaving Certificate.
Ayuba noticed that the screening committee couldn’t ascertain the legitimacy of his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) certificate.
Ayuba said the committee prescribed that he isn’t qualified to participate in the election.
Dr. Pius Odubu and Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu were cleared to participate in the election.
Prior on Wednesday, Obaseki expressed fears that he probably won’t get justice from the screening panel as the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, was associated with the procedure.
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As said by the governor, Obaseki is the democrat who will surely fight his way to secure APC ticket at the primaries despite the hurdles before him.
Adamawa Governor Fintiri also appreciates his Edo colleague for displaying overwhelmingly the spirit of tolerant partisanship towards the opposition party in the State.
With the step taken for a possible power shift in Edo, Governor Ahmadu Fintiri has affirmed confidence in Godwin Obaseki appearing as the All Progressive Congress (APC) flagbearer.
Fintiri affirmed his confidence while showing support behind the embattled Edo governor who will contest with five frontline aspirants in the first battle to the heart of the state.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) primary election is slated for June 22 but there has been internal unrest in the party which is brought out by the Adams Oshiomhole and Obaseki feud.
The ruling party had recently approved direct primary for the Edo state election but it was opposed by Obaseki loyalists who wanted the party to accept the alternative way approved by the APC constitution.
Speaking earlier on the election Monday, June 8, Fintiri described Obaseki as a democrat, saying the governor will find his way out of the current challenges.
Fintiri also appreciates his Edo counterpart for availing the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium for the PDP primaries despite the state governor being an APC governor.