- The ruling APC in Edo state has cleared Ize-Iyamu to participate in the forthcoming primaries on Monday, June 22
- Two other governorship aspirants were also cleared by the ruling party
- The incumbent governor, Obaseki, has been disqualified alongside two other aspirants
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has cleared Pastor Osagie Ize Iyamu to contest the party’s primary ahead of the September 19 governorship election in Edo state.
Daily Trust reports that the party’s screening committee led by Professor Jonathan Ayuba also cleared two other aspirants, Pius Odubu and Osaro Obazee for the primary scheduled for Monday, June 22.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the ruling party disqualified the incumbent governor, Godwin Obaseki and two other aspirants, Chris Ogiemwonyi and Matthew Iduoriyekemwe from contesting the primary.
Governor Obaseki has also said he will not appeal the outcome of the APC screening process. He also urged his supporters to remain calm and await further directives just as he described his disqualification as "unjust".
Legit.ng reported that the Edo state governor had earlier said he doubted he would get justice from the screening committee set up by the 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.
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.
In another report, 12 chieftains of the APC accused Oshiomhole of going against the constitution of the party.
In a statement on Thursday, June 11, the chieftains claimed that Oshiomhole has “murdered” democracy in the party.
This was in reaction to some of the actions taken by Oshiomhole in recent times as regards the forthcoming gubernatorial election in Edo state.
“Comrade Oshiomhole has murdered democracy in the APC. As democrats, we believe that such actions are reprehensible and condemnable," the statement read.
The statement was signed by Salihu Mustapha, Udah Polycap, Morphy Ray, Umar Kachalla Zubair, Sylvanus Amechi, Shaba Emangi, Mackor Shaka Momodu, Emeka Enechi, Charles Idahosa, Mohammed Bala Jibrin, Mohammed Aboki Mahmud and Omonemi Yesufu.
According to them, Oshiomhole does not have the power to give one of the governorship aspirants, Ize-Iyamu, a waiver to run for the party’s ticket.
He also does not have the power to write to the Independent National Electoral Commission about the adoption of direct primary before a decision was taken by the national working committee, according to the chieftains.
They said such alleged illegal actions contravened the APC constitution, while also adding that it can only undermine the democratic ethos upon which the party stands.
The chieftains claimed that in a space of one month, Oshiomhole had serially and violently violated the APC constitution.
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