Edo 2020: APC Screens Obaseki after Initial Delays

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SWITZERLAND, JUNE 11 – Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki has finally been screened by the All Progressives Congress(APC) for the upcoming gubernatorial primaries in the state after initial delays led to tensions.

Indications emerged on Wednesday evening that Obaseki’s screening had been delayed after his spokesman said the screening committee failed to attend to his boss.

According to the spokesman for the governor, Crusoe Osagie, the seven-member screening committee deliberately exempted his boss, from the screening process.

“The governor arrived early but the screening committee was not ready. 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 (when) they were ready.

“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,” Mr Osagie alleged in a statement sent to a newspaper Wednesday evening.

According to media sources, Obaseki barely spent up to 15 minutes after his arrival at the party’s secretariat before he left the premises.

Mr Obaseki, shortly after his arrival, reportedly met with the screening committee and asked for permission to attend the NGF meeting but never came back to the venue.

However, the Edo Governor later returned to the screening venue and told journalists at the end of his screening after 10 pm that he has undergone the process like any other aspirant and was waiting the outcome.

Today’s Echo gathers that four other aspirants were screened on Wednesday evening. They were former Deputy Governor, Dr Pius Odubu, former Minister of State, Works, Engr Chris Ogiemwonyi, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and Hon. Osaro Obazee. While Odubu left the secretariat at 5:30 pm, Ize-Iyamu left an hour later. None of the aspirants spoke with the press.

Obaseki had expressed fears that he would not get justice from the APC screening committee due to his ongoing war with the national chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomole.

While briefing press men on Wendesday, he said; “The last time I came here, I asked that Oshiomhole recuse himself from the process in the interest of peace and justice. But as a party man, I have had to go through the screening like everybody else.

“Since he is the judge and the jury in this matter, I will just wait for the outcome of the screening. I have given them all the information they need; the controversial certificate from the University of Ibadan has been tendered.

“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.

“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? I just felt that if we put politics above the lives of the people of Edo State, we may be missing the point”.

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