The Adams Oshiomhole-led All Progressives Congress (APC) has declared the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, and two others ineligible to contest in the July 22 governorship primary election in Edo State.
The screening panel announced the disqualification while presenting its report to the National Working Committee (NWC) in Abuja on Friday.
The NWC is headed by Mr. Oshiomhole, who is at loggerheads with Mr. Obaseki.
“In our view of the issues raised, we concluded that the higher school certificate was defective,” the chairman of the screening panel said.
Six aspirants had indicated interest in the primary election scheduled for June 22. They are Obaseki, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, Pius Odubu, Chris Ogiemwonyi, Osaro Obazee and Matthew Iduoriyekemwen.
Aside Obaseki, Ogiemwonyi and Iduoriyekemwen were also disqualified from the race. But Ize-Iyamu, Odubu and Osaro Obazee were cleared.
Ize-Iyamu is being backed by Oshiomhole to become governor. He had contested against Obaseki on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2016 but was defeated.
Chairman of the panel, Prof. Jonathan Ayuba said Obaseki was disqualified because the committee could not vouch for the authenticity of the Higher School Certificate he claimed but could not produce.
According to the panel, the document he produced only attested to his attendance.
The seven-man screening committee led by Ayuba said the report is conclusive, adding that all members of the panel signed the report
Reacting to the report, Mr. Obaseki, who is seeking reelection, said he will not appeal the outcome of the screening process.
Obaseki had told reporters that he could not get justice because Oshiomhole had refused to recuse himself from the process.
He said, “Like I said, as a party man I had 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 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?”
Oshiomhole however commended the panel, asking the disqualified aspirants, who believe that they have a case, to appeal.