…Appeal If You So Wish – Oshiomhole
… I’ll Not Appeal My Disqualification – Obaseki
By Augustine Akhilomen
The All Progressives Congress (APC) Screening Committee has disqualified the incumbent governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki for the forthcoming primary, slated for June 22.
Chairman of the screening committee, Prof. Jonathan Ayuba spoke while reeling out the findings of the Committee at a press conference attended by the APC Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
Giving the reason for the disqualification, Ayuba said Obaseki did not present his Higher School Leaving Certificate.
He added that the committee could not also ascertain the authenticity of his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) certificate as it had the name ‘Godwin Obasek’ on it, adding that the Governor since that had not made any move to correct the anomaly.
Ayuba said the committee recommended that he is not eligible to contest in the election.
Like Obaseki, the committee also disqualified Engr. Chris Ogiemwonyi over a discrepancy in the names on his credentials.
But Dr. Pius Odubu and Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu were cleared to contest.
Receiving the report, Oshiomhole thanked the committee for the effort to ensure a thorough job, also commending them for working on Democracy Day.
Reacting to the report of the Committee, the Chairman said aspirants who disagree with the Committee’s report can approach the Appeal Committee.
“The Appeal Committee will look into the grouses of aspirants who were disqualified. So they can approach the committee as they has been put on notice to attend to any complains,” Oshiomhole said.
Meanwhile, Obaseki says he will not appeal the outcome of the screening exercise which disqualified him from participating in the primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the forthcoming governorship poll in Edo State.
In a communique by his spokesman, Crusoe Osagie, the governor said he watched the mockery of the democratic process, which “Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, is administering and superintending” over in his party the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The governor stated that it has been an unfortunate, disheartening, and dreadful spectacle.
Governor Obaseki noted that he had initially asserted that going by the open display and enthronement of illegality by one man in the party that comprises several organs and eminent personalities, there is no way that he would get a fair assessment in the run-up to the nomination of candidates to fly the flag of the party in the forthcoming Edo gubernatorial election.
Obaseki 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 into”. Adding that the situation is quite saddening because this is a party supposedly reputed for change, equity and social justice.
“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,” Godwin Obaseki stated.
He called on all party members and his teeming supporters to remain calm and await further directives.