On Monday, the All Progressives Congress Governorship Screening Committee led by Senator Hope Uzodinma, disqualified 12 Kogi governorship aspirants from the party’s forthcoming August 29 primary election.
The committee however satisfied and cleared the incumbent governor, Yahaya Bello, with three others, Hassan Bello, a member of the National House of Representative; Ekele Aisha Blessing and Abubakar Bashir.
The disqualified aspirants are; Yahaya Audu, Mona Audu, Mohammed Audu, Danlami Mohammed, abatunde Irukera, Rukkaya Ibrahim, Sani Lulu Abdulahi, Gen. Patrick Akpa, Prof Mohammed Onaili, Yakubu Mohammed and Rear Admiral Usman Jibril (rtd).
Among those disqualified are family members of late APC Chieftain, Prince Abubakar Audu, three of his family members were all disqualified by the committee.
The 12 aspirants however vehemently rejected the report of the screening committee. In a protest in Abuja on Monday, the disqualified aspirants said that the process was deliberate in order to favour Governor Bello and his allies.
Speaking to journalists on behalf of the disqualified aspirants, abatunde Irukera said that the forthcoming August 29 primary election was already compromised.
“The August 29 primary is already compromised, I find it difficult not to come to that conclusion. Even if the clearance is done tomorrow, the momentum is gone,” he said.
The APC in its response through its National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu, said that there are procedures for screening aspirants in the party’s constitution.
“There are clear procedures for the conduct of screening of aspirants in our party’s constitution and the Electoral Act. Screening itself is not the final stage in the qualification process,” he said as the party urged aggrieved aspirants to patiently pursue internal mechanism in resolving the dispute.
Kogi APC Governorship Aspirants Screening Result
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