- Six aspirants have been shortlisted for screening ahead of the APC governorship primary election in Edo state
- The two major contenders; Governor Godwin Obaseki and Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu made the list
- A former deputy governor, a former minister and two former lawmakers are also on the list
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has announced that six governorship aspirants will be screened for the party's Monday, June 22 primary election to elect its Edo state governorship candidate.
The six aspirants who have bought, completed and submitted the party's expression of interest and nomination forms are incumbent governor; Godwin Obaseki, former secretary to the Edo state government; Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, former deputy governor; Dr Pius Odubu and former minister; Engr. Chris Ogiemwonyi.
The others are former lawmakers Honourable Osaro Obazee and Honourable Matthew Aigbuhuenze Iduoriyekemwen.
A statement signed by the party's spokesman, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu read: “In our bid to ensure due diligence and transparency in the screening exercise and learning from our recent shocking experiences, we are determined to avoid any lapses in the process.
“Therefore, we are making the submitted information and documents of the governorship aspirants available to our party members and the public for verification of claims and to support the screening panel with information or any objection to the claims contained in the submission by the aspirants.
“Consequently, the various submissions will be displayed at the party's national secretariat in Abuja and in Benin city, the Edo state capital from Monday 8th to Tuesday 9th June 2020 for claims and objections.”
The party invited members and the general citizens to assist the screening committee by scrutinizing the information, credentials and documents provided by the governorship aspirants and counter and correct any information, if applicable.
Meanwhile, as the Edo and Ondo governorship elections approach, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has directed participating political parties planning to adopt the direct mode of primary elections to submit their membership register to the commission.
This was the position of the electoral body during a virtual meeting with political party leaders by INEC's national chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu on Monday, June 1.
In a related development, a group of professionals known as Edo Good Governance Group (E3G) have thrown their weight behind Governor Obaseki in his ongoing effort to return for a second term.
After a meeting that on Wednesday, June 3, the group called on all Edo people to rally round to ensure that APC national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, “does not impose his cronies on the state through an ambush.”
In a statement signed by the convener of 3G, Engineer, Efosa Abieyuwa, the group described Oshiomhole as “a hypocrite who is hellbent on causing confusion in the state for his own selfish interest.”
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