The All Progressives Congress (APC) Screening Panel which screened the governorship aspirants on the platform of the party in Edo State has disclosed the grounds on which Governor Godwin Obaseki was disqualified.
The grounds for disqualification according to the committee’s report issued on Friday are:
- claiming to have a Higher School Leaving Certificate which is unknown to the Nigerian educational system;
- allegedly being in possession of an affidavit disowned by the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory;
- error in the National Youth Service Corps discharge certificate which bears Obasek as against Obaseki;
- loss of primary, secondary and the Higher School Leaving Certificates;
- alleged violation of Article 21 D (V) of the party’s constitution, which forbids members from taking the party to court;
- Legal precedents occasioned by the judgments of the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court on discrepancies in names.
The Screening Committee, headed by Prof. Jonathan Mamu Ayuba, decided to disqualify Obaseki following a petition by Chisimdi M. Chima of Shores and Savanna International Law Firm.
Other members of the committee are Senator Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed; Dr. Jane-Frances Agbu; Hon. Fort Dike; Prof. Agbo Madaki; Hon. Ibrahim Zailani and Dr. Rabe Nasir.
Two others aspirants- Chris Ogiemwonyi, a former minister of state for works, and Mathew Iduoriyekenwen, a former majority leader of the Edo State House of Assembly, were also disqualified by the panel.
It, however, cleared Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu; Dr. Pius Odubu, a former deputy governor of the state and Hon. Osaro Obazee, a former Local Government Chairman in the state, to contest the APC primary on June 22.
The party’s Appeal Committee was awaiting the application of Obaseki last night.
Following his disqualification Gov Obaseki had vowed that he would not appeal the panel’s decision as he fears he would not be given a fair hearing.
However, there also speculations that some of the opposition parties are opening their doors to welcome the current Governor of Edo State.