- The APC said its screening of aspirants for the forthcoming governorship election will be made public
- According to the ruling party, all the information and documents submitted by the aspirants will be made available for public scrutiny
- The screening of aspirants is scheduled to hold on Monday, June 8
The ruling All Progressives Congress says it will subject personal records submitted by its aspirants for the Edo state governorship election to public verification.
This is contained in a statement by the party’s spokesperson, Lanre Issa-Onilu, on Friday, June 5, Premium Times reports.
Legit.ng gathers that the party vows to ensure due diligence and transparency in the screening of the aspirants to avoid a repeat of what happened in Bayelsa.
Thus, all the information and documents submitted by the governorship aspirants will be made available to both party members and the public for verification, the party said.
The screening exercise is slated for Monday, June 8 and Tuesday, June 9 for the public to visit its national secretariat in Abuja and Benin, the capital of Edo state, to assist in the process by confirming or debunking aspirants' claims.
The screening appeal is scheduled for Friday, June 13, while the primary election and election appeal will hold on Monday, June 22 and Wednesday, June 24 respectively.
Legit.ng recalls that the APC recently lost its victory in Bayelsa to the main opposition, PDP, on the grounds that party’s deputy-governor elect, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, presented false information to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The Supreme Court consequently ordered that INEC to declare the PDP governorship candidate, Diri Duoye, who had the highest number of lawful votes and geographical spread the winner of the election.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that the APC had announced that six governorship aspirants will be screened for the party's Monday, June 22 primary election.
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.
In another related report, Governor Obaseki has been assured by the APC of its impartiality in the party's primary election to elect its governorship candidate.
The ruling party said it would be transparent and fair to all governorship aspirants in the primary.
The party's assurance is coming after Obaseki sent a message to the APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, to recuse himself from the Edo nomination process because he is an interested party.
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