- Governor Obaseki has been screened ahead of the APC's primary election in Edo state
- The Edo state governor, however, said he doubted he would get justice from the screening committee
- Obaseki explained that he is not sure of getting justice because Oshiomhole has refused to recuse himself from the process
Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state has said he doubted he would get justice from the screening committee set up by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to vet its aspirants ahead of the governorship election.
The screening was conducted at the APC national secretariat in Abuja on Wednesday, June 10, The Cable reports.
Legit.ng gathers that Governor Obaseki went through the process hours after Crusoe Osagie, media aide to the governor, said the committee delayed him for hours.
He, however, eventually met the panel and was screened.
Addressing newsmen after the exercise, Governor Obaseki said he is not sure of getting justice because Adams Oshiomhole, APC national chairman, has refused to recuse himself from the process.
His words: “Like I said, as a party man I had to go through the screening process but I do not believe that I will get justice because Comrade Adams Oshiomhole is an interested party in the Edo process.
“One of the questions asked was why did I issue a gazette that will prevent the party from performing direct elections in Edo. That did I not see it as an anti-party activity?”
Oshiomhole is speculated to be backing Osagie Ize-Iyamu, a governorship aspirant, for the party’s ticket.
The APC primary election is scheduled for Monday, June 22.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Governor Obaseki was confirmed as a graduate of the University of Ibadan (UI) by authorities of the institution.
The registrar of the institution, Olubunmi Faluyi, in a statement on Wednesday, June 10, said Obaseki gained admission to the university in 1976 and graduated in 1979.
Faluyi, citing records, stated that the governor graduated with a second class honours (lower division).
Governor Obaseki had earlier reacted to the allegation of certificate forgery leveled against him by his supposed political enemies.
Obaseki described the hullabaloo over his certificates as baseless, unfounded and diversionary. He charged those raising eyebrows over the certificates to approach the issuing institutions to verify the authenticity of the particulars.
Meanwhile, violence of any sort will not be tolerated during the conduct of the gubernatorial elections in Edo and Ondo state, according to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
In a message to all political parties that have aspirants for the coming elections, INEC on Wednesday, June 10, said that it will not allow any action that will jeopardise the lives of voters and its officials during the exercise.
The commission urged all politicians to refrain from violence and ensure that they conduct their activities in "the best traditions of electoral democracy."
The electoral body urged politicians and political parties to steer clear from violence during the polls.
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