Governor Godwin Obaseki disqualified from primaries

The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Friday disqualified Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state from contesting the party’s June 22 primaries, local reports said. Two other candidates Matthew Aigbuhuenze Iduoriyekemwen and Chris Ogiemwonyi were also disqualified.

APC said Pastor Ize-Iyamu, Pius Odubu and Osaro Obazee are qualified to content.

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State at the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Tuesday 25 September 2018 while President Muhammadu Buhari was delivering his address to world leaders.

Governor Obaseki had told newsmen after appearing before the screening committee that he was not sure of getting justice from the Comrade Adams Oshiomhole-led National Working Committee (NWC).

He called on Oshiomhole to stay away from the Edo nomination process as an interested party.

He said: “The last time I came here, I asked that Oshiomhole recluse himself from the process in the interest of peace and justice. But as a party man, I have had to go through the screening like everybody else.

“Since he is the judge and the jury in this matter, I will just wait for the outcome of the screening. I have given them all the information they need; the controversial certificate from the University of Ibadan has been tendered.

“Like I said, as a party man I have to go through the screening process but I do not believe that I will get justice because Comrade Adams Oshiomhole is an interested party in the Edo process.

“One of the questions that was asked was why did I issue a gazette that will prevent the party from performing direct elections in Edo. That,  did I not see it as an anti party activity? I just felt that if we put politics above the the lives of the people of Edo State, then we may be missing the point”.

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