The All Progressives Congress screening committee for Edo governorship election aspirants, today disqualified the acting Governor, Godwin Obaseki, from contesting in the primary election.
Chairman of the screening committee, Mr. Jonathan Ayuba, said this while presenting his report to Adams Oshiomhole, APC National Chairman, at the national secretariat in Abuja on Friday.
However, Governor Obaseki, has reacted to the decision of the APC disqualifying him from the party’s governorship primaries slated to take place on June 22, 2020.
Governor Obaseki in a statement released by his spokesman, Crusoe Osagie, said he had initially mentioned that going by the manner in which activities leading to the primaries were being held, there was no way he would be the party’s flag bearer in the forthcoming Edo gubernatorial election.
He said it is unfortunate that this “open show of shame, illegality, and travesty of justice is the brand of democracy which Comrade Oshiomhole has reduced the APC to”.
Obaseki also added that he will not be appealing the party’s decision to disqualify him and that he wished Oshiomole well.
“We have therefore decided that it would be an effort in futility to appeal whatever the unjust outcome of the evaluation and screening process of the APC will be, especially when Comrade Oshiomhole has declared that he is the Supreme Court and ultimate determiner of the fate and future of our great party.
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We wish Oshiomhole well in his maladministration of the party and trust that the Almighty will help our country to find the path to true liberty, freedom, and justice,” he said.
Recall that Obaseki and Oshiomole have been on logger heads over who controls the affairs of the Edo State. The state governorship election is slated for September 19, 2020.