- Governor Godwin Obaseki was disqualified by the APC committee on Friday, June 12
- Obaseki's supporters, however, mandated on Saturday, June 13, that the governor and his deputy should explore all option to move ahead
- Anselm Ojezua, the chairman of the stakeholders, lambasted the leadership of the NWC of APC
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Following the disqualification of Governor Godwin Obaseki from contesting the governorship primary of All Progressives Congress (APC), supporters loyal to the governor have faulted the party's decision.
The Nation reports that Obaseki's supporters described the governor's ouster as unacceptable and falling short of acceptable moral and legal standards.
Legit.ng gathered that the stakeholders led by the chairman of the faction, Anselm Ojezua, made the disclosure in a communiqué at the end of an emergency meeting to review the governor’s disqualification on Saturday, June 13.
Ojezua said that the governor and his deputy, Philip Shaibu, should immediately explore all options going forward since the APC NWC has foreclosed his chances of actualising his aspiration within the party.
Commenting on the reasons given by the APC screening committee for ruling Obaseki ineligible for a fresh ticket, the stakeholders said: “By the provisions of the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria, the guidelines of the APC and even judicial precedents, all the aspirant has to show is that he is educated up to school certificate level. The reference to HSC and NYSC is therefore somewhat superfluous.”
They said that Obaseki himself had "earlier expressed his reservations and doubts as to whether he would get fair treatment in that exercise, especially with Comrade Adams Oshiomhole “supervising the process when he has shown in many ways that he is an interested party.”
They called into question the validity of the committee “having regards to the provisions of the constitution of the party.”
They said that by the screening committee’s action, it “has robbed the Edo state chapter of the APC the most valuable asset they have to fly the flag of the party in the forthcoming governorship election,” and has also “disqualified all of us.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that a chieftain of APC, Victor Oshioke, insisted that the University of Ibadan did not answer the questions raised by those querying the academic credentials of Obaseki.
It was reported that he said nobody is disputing Obaseki's claim that he graduated from the school.
He urged the party not to forget that the Bayelsa catastrophe that all Edo APC members were trying to avoid was essentially about discrepancies in the names ascribed to the deputy governorship candidate at different times.
APC disqualifies Obaseki from Edo guber primaries | - on Legit TV