Tinubu, Others Disqualified? APC Screening Committee Member Gives Bit-by-Bit Details of How Aspirants Fared

Tinubu, Others Disqualified? APC Screening Committee Member Gives Bit-by-Bit Details of How Aspirants Fared

  • No presidential aspirant who appeared before the All Progressives Congress Screening committee has been disqualified
  • A member of the committee has confirmed that its chairman was misunderstood by journalists on Friday, June 3
  • According to the member, the committee only recommended to the party's leadership that 10 of the aspirants be persuaded to step down ahead of the APC presidential primary

With the growing controversy over reports that the screening committee of the All Progressives Congress had disqualified some members of the party's presidential aspirant, a member of the has made some clarification.

The committee member noted that his team did not disqualify any of the 23 presidential aspirants who appeared before it between Thursday and Friday, June 2 and 3.

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A member of the screening committee has confirmed that all aspirants who appeared before them were successful in the exercise. Photo: Alex Okon
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Premium Times reports that the committee members on Friday, June 2, night said no single aspirant who appeared for screening was disqualified.

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He added that the committee also found out that all the aspirants have the basic qualifications needed to contest for the seat of Nigeria's president.

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His words:

“However, based on our assessment of their chances at winning the presidential election for our party, we found that 13 of them cannot realistically do this, so we advised them to step down for others.
“We also did this to trim the list so that the party will not have to go into the primary with an unwieldy number of aspirants, 23, which will be very cumbersome.”

Need for some aspirants to step down ahead of the presidential primary

Further speaking, the committee member said while all the aspirants have been cleared some were also advised to step down although they are not obliged to take the advice.

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He added the committee is not bound by any mandate to stop any of the aspirants who insist on contesting in the APC primaries despite its advice.

Noting that the chairman of the committee, John Oyegun was misunderstood by journalists when he spoke about the outcome of the screening exercise, the member said they only made recommendations to the party leadership to persuade 10 aspirants to step down before the primary.

He added:

“Go and read what the chairman said again and you would see that he did not mention the world disqualification.
“What the panel did was to recommend to the party leadership that at least 10 of the candidates should be persuaded to withdraw because they do not appear to stand a chance of winning the election for our party."
“No one was disqualified and they all can ignore our recommendation and go ahead to participate in the primary.”

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Buhari returns to Abuja from Spain, meets top APC governors as consensus candidate plot thickens

President Muhammadu Buhari had returned to Abuja, Nigeria after his departure to Madrid, Spain on a state visit.

The president met with two governors from the northern region of the country upon his return to discuss issues pertaining to the APC presidential primary.

Buhari's meeting with the governor comes days after the president met with all the governors within the APC at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

APC presidential primary: Influential southwest governor finally speaks on stepping down for VP Osinbajo

The governor of Ekiti state, Kayode Fayemi had reacted to claim that he has dumped his presidential ambition.

Fayemi confirmed that he was still in the race to secure the APC 2023 presidential ticket and said he has not stepped down for VP Yemi Osinbajo.

According to the governor, his supporters should remain calm as he is highly favoured to become the flagbearer of the APC in the 2023 election.

Source: Legit.ng

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