The party chieftain said those who were against the candidature of the governor were going to capitalise on the discrepancies to disqualify him. He said, “Except for divine intervention, Obaseki will not scale through the screening.
The National body of the All Progressives Congress, APC led by Adams Oshiomhole has plotted to disqualify Edo State Governor, Godwin Obseki, ahead of June 22, 2020, APC governorship primary in the state has been activated.
The party has fixed the screening of the six aspirants that have purchased filled and submitted nomination and expression of interest forms for Wednesday and Thursday.
The six aspirants are Gov. Obaseki, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, Rt. Hon. Dr. Pius Odubu, Engr. Chris Ogiemwonyi, Hon. Osaro Obazee and Hon. Matthew Aigbuhuenze Iduoriyekemwen.
A member of the NWC of the APC said “dangerous” discrepancies had been uncovered in the forms submitted by Obaseki to the party’s secretariat in Abuja.
The party chieftain, who did not want to be named, said those who were against the candidature of the governor were going to capitalise on the discrepancies to disqualify him. He said, “Except for divine intervention, Obaseki will not scale through the screening.
This is because even we that have little sympathy for him may not be able to help. The discrepancies are too glaring to be swept under the carpet.” Asked to disclose some of the discrepancies, he declined, saying “go and check on Monday at our secretariat, look at it, you may see some.”
The spokesperson of the party, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, had on Friday, said the various submissions would be displayed at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja and in Benin City, the Edo State capital, for claims and objections today.
Issa-Onilu said, “We are calling on party members and indeed members of the public to assist the screening committee by scrutinizing the information, credentials and documents provided by the governorship aspirants and availing the screening committee of counter and correct information, if applicable.”
Recall that controversies revolving around Obaseki’s certificate first started in 2016 when he contested for the governorship.
Last week, three APC members instituted a forgery suit in Abuja against Obaseki.
Speaking during a “thank you” tour to principal officers and ward leaders in Oredo Local Government Area of the state at the weekend, Gov. Obaseki punctured the claims on his certificate.
He said, “They say I forged my certificate. How can you forge the certificate of the University Of Ibadan (UI)? I am not like those that burn buildings to cover up their certificate issues.” Contacted to speak on the discrepancies, Issa-Onilu said, “
It is only after the screening that one will know who has issues or not.”
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