Edo Guber: Obaseki can appeal his disqualification, says Oshiomhole

Saturday, June 13, 2020

/ by Bobby Adams
APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole 
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has said the party followed its constitution in disqualifying Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki.

However, the governor can challenge his disqualification if he chooses to appeal against the findings of the screening committee, He said.

Obaseki was on Friday, disqualified from contesting in the APC primaries, ahead of the forthcoming governorship election in the state.
Oshiomhole, speaking on Channels Television, said the party’s decision was subject to appeal.

“We are just following our party constitution. We have a screening committee, they turned out a report. And the report is subject to the appeal committee for anyone who chooses to appeal against the findings of the screening committee.

“The purpose of the screening is to take nothing for granted. And until they go through the appeal process, I as the National Chairman cannot comment on it,” Oshiomhole said.

Meanwhile, governor Godwin Obaseki, had said he will not appeal his disqualification from contesting the state's governorship election because the National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, has declared that he is the supreme court and ultimate determiner of the fate and future of the party.

In a statement signed by Crusoe Osagie, his media aide, the governor said it would be futile to appeal the outcome.

He said, “We have watched the mockery of democratic process, which Adams Oshiomhole, is administering and superintending over in our great party the All Progressives Congress (APC). It has been an unfortunate, disheartening and dreadful spectacle,” the statement read.

“We had initially asserted that going by the open display and enthronement of illegality by one man in the party that comprises several organs and eminent personalities, there is no way that Governor Godwin Obaseki would get a fair assessment in the run-up to the nomination of candidates to fly the flag of the party in the forthcoming Edo gubernatorial election.

“It is unfortunate that this open show of shame, illegality and travesty of justice is the brand of democracy which Oshiomhole has reduced the APC into.

“The situation is quite saddening because this is a party supposedly reputed for change, equity and social justice.”

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