The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said it will publish the credentials of all aspirants contesting for its Edo State governorship primary for scrutiny by the public.
This was disclosed in a statement issued by Lanre Issa-Onilu, APC National Publicity Secretary, on Friday.
According to the ruling party, the decision was made in order to forestall the reoccurrence of the situation that led to the sacking of the governor-elect and deputy governor-elect of Bayelsa State, both APC candidates, a day before their swearing-in.
The party said it has only six aspirants seeking to clinch the sole ticket and become the APC standard-bearer at the Edo governorship poll, scheduled for September.
The aspirants listed are Osagie Ize-Iyamu, Godwin Obaseki, Pius Odubu, Chris Ogiemwonyi, Osaro Obazee and Matthew Iduoriyekemwen.
The statement read: “In our bid 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.
“Consequently, the various submissions will be displayed at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja and in Benin City, the Edo state capital, from Monday 8th to Tuesday 9th June, 2020 for claims and objections.
“We are inviting party members and indeed members of the public to assist the screening committee by scrutinizing the information, credentials and documents provided by the governorship aspirants and availing the screening committee of counter and correct information, if applicable.”
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Issa-Onilu said the party has fixed June 10 and 11 for screening of the aspirants.
“This will be followed by the screening appeal which will hold on Friday 12th June, 2020. The primary election will hold on Monday 22nd June, 2020, while election appeal has been slated for Wednesday 24th June, 2020.”
The APC lost Bayelsa State to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after David Lyon, its candidate and governor-elect, was sacked by the supreme court on the grounds that Biobarakuma Degi-Eriemienyo, his running mate, presented a forged certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).