- The PDP governorship aspirants for the Ondo guber poll has been screened
- Yakubu Dogara who is the chairman of the screening committee said none of the aspirants will be unjustly disqualified, adding that their documents will be used to clear them
- The former speaker said the committee will make its final decision known on Friday, July 3
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Yakubu Dogara, the chairman of the PDP screening committee for the Ondo state governorship election, has assured the party's aspirants of equal and impartial treatment.
Dogara who is the immediate past speaker of the House of Reps gave the assurance shortly after the aspirants were screened in Abuja, The Sun reports.
He assured the aspirants that the committee was out for justice and justice would be served, noting that aspirants will be assessed strictly based on the documents they submitted.
“Justice is indivisible. What is justice for one has to be justice to the other.
“We are sure that at the end of the day the party will be proud of the exercise that we have done. Nobody will be unjustifiably denied clearance for any reason. For anyone who is qualified.
“As a matter of fact, is it not even our responsibility to clear them, it is the documents they have presented before us that will clear them.
"As far as we are concern, once you have your papers and records intact, you are good to go. So, the assurance is that we are out for justice and we will ensure that justice is served to the end,” he said.
Dogara said though the committee had screened all the aspirants, it would adjourn till 1pm on Friday, July 3, before taking its final position on the exercise.
He said that the committee recognised the responsibility bestowed on it and would do a thorough job.
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The aspirants included the incumbent deputy governor of the state, Agboola Ajayi; Eyitayo Jegede; Sen. Boluwaji Kunlere; Dr Eddy Olafeso; Ben Okunomo; Bode Ayorinde; Otunba Bamidele Akingboye; Mr Godday Erewa; and Mr Sola Ebiseeni.
In a dramatic turn of event, the PDP has advised the Ondo state deputy governor to resign from office, having left the APC, the party on which platform he was elected.
The PDP spokesperson for the southwest zone, Ayo Fadaka, said the honourable thing for Ajayi to do is to resign.
Fadaka said that Ajayi "should do what he thinks is honourable by resigning if he feels he could no longer cooperate with" Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.
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