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Edo Governorship Primaries: Screening Committee Will Not Be Fair To Me, Says Obaseki

Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki has expressed doubts about him getting justice from a committee set up by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to screen aspirants seeking to get the party’s ticket ahead of the State’s governorship election.

The screening process with the governor lasted for about two hours at the APC national secretariat in Abuja on Wednesday.

Obaseki went through the process hours after Crusoe Osagie, media aide to the governor, said the committee delayed him for hours.

“The governor arrived early but the screening committee was not ready,” Osagie had said earlier in a statement on Wednesday.

“He was given the options to either wait for one hour or if he had an appointment to keep, he could go and call them to know if they were ready.

Obaseki during the screening

“The governor, who had a Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) meeting, went for the meeting and called when he was done, but the members of the screening committee did not pick their phones.”

He eventually met the panel.

Speaking with journalists after the exercise, Obaseki said he is not sure of getting justice because Adams Oshiomhole, APC national chairman, has refused to recuse himself from the process.

Obaseki speaking to journalists after the screening

“Like I said, as a party man I had to go through the screening process but I do not believe that I will get justice because Comrade Adams Oshiomhole is an interested party in the Edo process,” the governor said.

“One of the questions asked was why did I issue a gazette that will prevent the party from performing direct elections in Edo. That did I not see it as an anti-party activity?”

Oshiomhole is believed to be backing Osagie Ize-Iyamu, a governorship aspirant, for the party’s ticket.

Oshiomhole’s favoured candidate?

Ize-Iyamu had contested against Obaseki on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2016 but lost. During the campaigns leading to that election, the then outgoing governor, Adams Oshiomhole was quoted to have said a lot of uncomplimentary things about Ize-Iyamu, referring to his then favorite Obaseki as the man “who had the brain to work for Edo people”

The APC primary election is scheduled for June 22

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