NewsNigeriaPoliticsEdo Guber: APC debunks aspirants screening disqualification rumours

..Explains that Ihonvbere’s committee is advisory

The Edo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has denied disqualifying any aspirant in the forthcoming Edo State gubernatorial election, stressing that  no aspirant has been screened or disqualified from participating in the party’s primary for the governorship race, scheduled to hold on September 21, 2024.

Recall that a six-man committee led by the House of Representative member (Owan Federal Constituency, Prof. Julius Ihonvbere was set up last Monday to look into ways to prune the number of aspirants from 29 to a ‘manageable number.’

After the committee had met with the aspirants, a report emerged that the committee had screened and reduced the number to six. However, an unconfirmed list of aspirants was said to have been posted by the Channels Television, a development that has caused rancour in the party.

Debunking the report on Tuesday, the State Publicity Secretary of the party, Peter Uwadiae, said the Ihonvbere committee was an advisory one and not a screening committee.

The publicity secretary who spoke on behalf of the party said the committee was designed to meet with aspirants and see how the numbers can be pruned down so that the primary election scheduled to hold on February 17, 2024, would be free of rancour.

According to Uwadiae, “There’s no truth in the news making the rounds that governorship aspirants have been screened and about 25 have been disqualified.

“Based on the advice of the National Working Committee of the party, we set up a committee led by Julius Ihonvbere to interface with the aspirants on the need to reduce the number of aspirants to a manageable one. It is after the close of sale of forms that the NWC will set up a screening committee.

“The Committee also advised the Edo APC to be in a talking relationship with the aspirants so that those who know they cannot go all the way can exit the race.

“So no aspirant has been screened and disqualified,” he added.

Uwadiae also said that the sale of the expression form, which cost N10 million and the nomination form, which goes N40 million were on sale for anyone who wants to vie for the governorship position on the platform of the party, stressing that more aspirants are expected to join the race

The APC leader noted that many of the aspirants like Mr. Kassim Afegua are seeing reason why they shouldn’t purchase the forms while others were still eager to test their popularity at the primaries, pointing out that those who lose at the primaries have promised to stay and work for the party in the election.

He also said that the party was going to the polls to win, urging members and supporters not to get agitated as the party believes in unity, fair play and democracy.

Uwadiae called on party faithful not to allow the situation to cause rancour and disaffection among them which will rub off on the party negatively at the polls.

By Uzoamaka Ikezue (Staff Reporter)

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