The All Progressives Congress, APC, has stated that it will scrutinise the original certificates submitted by Governor Godwin Obaseki and other Gubernatorial Aspirants, ahead of the Edo State Governorship election, to avoid what happened in Bayelsa State.
Recall, that Governor Obaseki; a former Chief of Staff and Secretary to the Edo State Government, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu; former Minister for Works, Chris Ogiemwonyi; former Deputy Governor, Pius Odubu; Matthew Iduoriyekemwe; and Osaro Obaze; are Aspirants who have indicated interest in the process.
All 6 Aspirants have submitted their expression of interest and nomination forms sold for N22.5 million each by the APC.
A statement issued by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu, on Friday, revealed that the recent experiences of the party in Bayelsa State, necessitated the current move, to avoid any lapse in the process.
The party added that it seeks to ensure “due diligence and transparency in the screening exercise, and learning from our recent shocking experiences, we are determined to avoid any lapses in the process
“Therefore, we are making the submitted information and documents of the Governorship Aspirants available to our party members and the public, for verification of claims, and to support the screening panel with information or any objection to the claims contained in the submission by the Aspirants”, the party noted.
The party has slated Monday and Tuesday, June 9 and 10, for the public to visit its National Secretariat in Abuja, and Benin, the capital of Edo State, to assist in “scrutinising the information, credentials, and documents, provided by the Governorship Aspirants”, and raise objections where necessary.