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.
He stated that the governor’s Higher School Certificate (HSC) is defective.
Ayuba noted that the committee could also not ascertain the authenticity of his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) discharge certificate.
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.
Also, Engr. Chris Ogiemwonyi, was not cleared to contest over discrepancy in the names on his credentials.
Dr. Pius Odubu and Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu were cleared to contest for the party’s ticket.
Earlier on Wednesday, Obaseki expressed fears that he might not get justice from the screening committee as the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, “an interested party in Edo”, was involved in the process.
The former allies have been in a running battle for several months.