Kogi Poll: APC Disqualifies Irukera, Ex-naval Chief, Audu’s Sons, Eight Others

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has disqualified 12 aspirants from participating in its Kogi State governorship primary slated for Thursday.

The decision was conveyed by the APC screening committee, led by Senator Hope Uzodinma, in a letter dated August 22, and addressed to Adams Oshiomhole, the APC National Chairman.

The committee had last week scrutinised the 16 aspirants who indicated their interest to contest the primary.

Aspirants disqualified include Babatunde Irukera, Director-General/Chief Executive Officer, Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC); Vice Admiral Usman Jibrin (rtd.), a former chief of naval staff; and Professor Seidu Ogah,

Also barred from contesting the primary are Mohammed and Mustapha Audu, two sons of Abubakar Audu, a former governor of the state; Yakubu Mohammed, Hadjia Rukayat Ibrahim and Hadiza Ibrahim.

Others are Yahaya Audu, Sani Lulu, a former President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF); Danlami Mohammed, General Patrick Akpa and Professor Mohammed Onaili.

Those, however, cleared by the committee are Yahaya Bello, the incumbent state governor; Abubakar Bashir, Ekele Aishat Blessing and Hassan Abdullahi.

According to the Uzodinma-led committee, the 12 aspirants were disqualified based on not being a loyal or financial member of the APC, age discrepancies and being a new member of the APC.

In the case of Irukera for instance, the committee stated, “Not cleared: Invalid declaration of age; spent less than one year in the party and without waiver.”

On Jibrin, the Uzodinma-led committee stated, “Discrepancy in the date of birth: One 16/09/1959 and on his passport, 16/09/1960. The aspirant admitted the error and apologised. Not a financial member of the party. No evidence of support to the party; invalid membership card.”

The APC had pegged the cost of its nomination and expression of interest forms at N22.5m each for men while women were to pay half- N11.25m.

Those barred from being to participate in the election have lost a combined N222m.

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