The Screening Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has disqualified Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, from contesting in the party’s governorship primary election scheduled for June 22, 2020.
The committee chairman, Prof. Jonathan Ayuba, made the disclosure in a press conference on Friday afternoon.
Given reason for the Governors’s disqualification, Ayuba said, there were some discrepancies in National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) discharge certificate.
The committe also noted that Obaseki’s Higher School Certificate (HSC) is defective.
According to the chairman, the name on the governor’s NYSC discharge certificate bears ‘Obasek’ instead of ‘Obaseki’.
He noted that while the committee accepted the possibility of the issuing authority making a mistake, Obaseki has not made any move to correct the error.
Ayuba said the committee, therefore, recommended that he is not eligible to contest in the party’s primary election.
National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, thanked the committee for a job well done.
The party chairman urged any aggrieved aspirant to approach the appeal committee to register their grievances.
Also, disqualified to contest the party primary is Engr. Chris Ogiemwonyi over discrepancy in the names on his credentials too.
Dr. Pius Odubu and Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu were cleared to contest for the party’s ticket.
It would be recalled that earlier on Wednesday, Obaseki expressed fears that he might not get justice from the screening committee as Oshiomhole, “an interested party in Edo”, was involved in the process.
The former allies have been in a running battle for several months.