Edo Crisis Escalates as APC Fails To Screen Obaseki for Primaries

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SWITZERLAND, JUNE 11 – The battle within the ruling All Progressives Congress in Edo State seems to escalated to new heights after the party allegedly refused to screen the governor, Godwin Obaseki for the upcoming gubernatorial primaries.

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 this 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.

According to the APC’s released order of events, the screening is to span June 10 to 11. This means Mr Obaseki now has only Thursday to attend the party’s screening process or risk being disqualified from the race.

Speaking to this online platform, Premium Times, the party’s national spokesperson, Lanre Issa-Onilu, said he was unaware of what transpired between Mr Obaseki and the screening committee.

“They didn’t screen him? But he was there today. Well, we (APC) don’t have anything to say to it because we don’t know what the committee is doing, we don’t have any information; the committee is independent. I’m sure the committee can say whatever happened after they (members) finish, but I sincerely don’t know anything about it,” he told this reporter.

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