The Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, has passed the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, screening, to contest in the party’s Governorship primary election, describing the exercise as “fair and professionally done”, compared to the recent embarrassing events in his former party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, Page 36 learnt.
Speaking after the screening exercise which was done on Saturday, Governor Obaseki who stated that he presented the same academic certificates which were the basis for his disqualification by the All Progressives Congress, APC, said that there was objectivity in the screening process.
“The screening was fair, it was very professionally done. You could see objectivity, and I presented all my certificates, my secondary school, higher school, university, and my National Youth Service certificates, so that they can look at them and see if there are inconsistencies in them”, he stated.
The PDP has fixed its Governorship primary election in Edo State, for Thursday, June 25, and the Governor will contest against Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama, Gideon Ikhine, and Kenneth Imansuangbon, who were also cleared by the Screening Committee.
Recall, that Obaseki was disqualified by a 7-man Screening Committee of the APC, led by Professor Jonathan Ayuba, over “multiple inconsistencies in his presented academic certificates”.
“Governor Godwin Obaseki was deemed ineligible by the Screening Committee, over multiple inconsistencies in his presented academic certificates, including a Higher School Leaving Certificate, the Governor claimed to have obtained from an Institute of Continuing Education in Benin City, Edo State”, the APC Screening Committee had said.
As a result, Governor Obaseki, on Tuesday, renounced his membership of the APC, after meeting with Ibrahim Gambari, the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari.
He officially became a member of the PDP, on June 19, when he picked his membership form, and also the party’s Governorship nomination form.