Ondo Governorship: PDP Screening Panel Disqualifies Two Aspirants

 Ondo Governorship: PDP Screening Panel Disqualifies Two Aspirants

The screening committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the Ondo State governorship election,  led by former speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, has disqualified two aspirants from participating in the party’s primaries scheduled for July 22 this year. 
Dogara who spoke with newsmen after the screening process Friday evening, refused to divulge the names of the two aspirants who were disqualified despite repeated questions on the matter. 
The committee had screened nine aspirants for the contest. 
Dogara said, who stated that they analytically looked at all the claims made all the documents submitted to them added that they have completed the assignment.
He said the provisional certificate of clearance has been signed by the committee and that distribution of the certificates to candidates have commenced.
The former speaker while noting that two aspirants failed the test, stressed “that’s not to say that they have been disqualified. Because we don’t have the powers to disqualify anybody. There’s still the opportunity of redress at the appeal panel, which will sit on Monday. 
“So if any of the two candidates that were not didn’t pass screening feels that maybe some kind of miscarriage of Justice was done like we have the opportunity to of appeal in the court is entitled to launch that appeal from now onwards.
“Soon as they picks the outcome of what we have done by Monday, they have appellate body that will look at it. And if they feel that they are satisfied. they should be cleared. But as far as we are concerned having applied all the tools that we have and the guidelines given to us.”
Meanwhile, the PDP has picked Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike to lead it’s governorship campaign in Edo State. 
The national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, who disclosed this on his twitter handled, also revealed that Governor Ahmadu Fintri of Adamawa State will serve as deputy for the campaign.
Wike’s leadership of PDP’s campaign for the Edo election comes barely weeks after he disassociated himself from PDP’s reconciliation process to enabled Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, emerge the consensus candidate of the party.
In an earlier statement, PDP alleged plots by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to use the trio of Governors Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, Hope Uzodinma of Imo state and Yahaya Bello of Kogi State to derail the September 19 Edo State governorship election.
Ologbondiyan in a statement, said “PDP and indeed the people of Edo state are already aware that the trio were selected by the APC to lead its campaign so as to force a combined formula of Kano and Kogi electoral violence as well as Imo state mandate robbery to subvert the will of the people of Edo state in the governorship election.
“The PDP described as pathetic that the APC only has a person who has become a butt of international shame after being seen in a viral video stuffing his robe with gratification, in foreign currency, to serve as Chairman of its Edo state governorship campaign council.
“It is equally contemptuous that such a person is being deputized by another individual, who has become a metaphor of electoral manipulation, after being so docketed by a judgment of the Supreme Court.
“It is also disgusting that a governor who deployed a Police helicopter to scare voters on election day has been mandated to deploy thugs and dangerous weapons through the northern borderlines of Edo State ahead of the election. 
“Part of APC’s plot is to import election mercenaries as observers to attempt to scare the people of Edo state, suppress them and steal their mandate.
“It is however not surprising that such is the drift of the APC campaign, given that it has neither messages nor plans for the people of Edo state, especially, with a candidate like Osagie Ize-Iyamu, who has also been declared by his former APC National  Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, as a person of questionable character, a fake pastor, treasury looter, rusticated student who is only fit for “night meetings” and should never be entrusted with the office of the governor of Edo state. 
“Whereas our candidate, Governor Godwin Obaseki, enjoys the overwhelming support of the Edo people due to his enthusing track record of personal character and performance in office for which even APC leaders have praises for him, the APC candidate has nothing to present to the people. 
“With its defective nomination process, an ailing campaign council and a dented governorship candidate, it is clear that the APC is not preparing for issue-based and people oriented campaign, but for process manipulation and ballot robbery.
“Our party, in the strongest terms, cautions the APC to note that the “Gandollar,” “Supreme Court Governor” and “helicopter shooting” formulas cannot work in this election as the people of Edo state have never been intimidated, suppressed, subjugated or overpowered by external political influences.
“The APC should also note that the people of Edo state will spare nothing within the law in firmly resisting any attempt by anybody to import violence or try to manipulate the Edo election in any way.
“With the people of Edo state on the side of Governor Obaseki and the PDP, the coast is already clear and any attempt by anybody to subvert the will of the people will surely be met very stiff resistance,” he said. 

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