The All Progressives Congress (APC) have confirmed six Governorship aspirants to be screened for the party’s June 22, 2020 Primary to elect Edo state governorship candidate.
The six aspirants who have bought, completed and submitted APC’s expression of interest and nomination forms are: Governor Godwin Obaseki, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, Hon. Pius Odubu, Engr. Chris Ogiemwonyi, Hon. Osaro Obazee and Hon. Matthew Aigbuhuenze Iduoriyekemwen.
This was announced in a statement on Friday by the APC Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu.
Issa-Onilu said this was to ensure due diligence and transparency in the screening exercise and learning from their recent shocking experiences, the party is determined to avoid any lapses in the process.
According to him, this will make the submitted information and documents of the governorship aspirants available to APC party members and the public for verification of claims and to support the screening panel with information or any objection to the claims contained in the submission by the aspirants.
To this end, the APC Spokesman said the various submissions will be displayed at the Party’s National Secretariat in Abuja and in Benin City, the Edo State capital from Monday 8th to Tuesday 9th June, 2020 for claims and objections.
“We are inviting party members and indeed members of the public to assist the screening committee by scrutinizing the information, credentials and documents provided by the governorship aspirants and availing the Screening Committee of counter and correct information, if applicable,” the statement read.
He recalled that in line with the provisions of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) guidelines, APC had earlier released its time table and schedule of activities for the conduct of the 2020 Governorship Primary Elections in Edo States.
According to Issa-Onilu, sales of nomination and expression of interest forms began at the APC National Secretariat from Wednesday 20th May to Tuesday 2nd June, 2020,The last day for submission of completed forms and accompanying documents was Wednesday 3rd June, 2020.
As earlier stated, he said, publication of claims and objections will be from Monday 8th to Tuesday 9th June, 2020.
Screening of aspirants has been slated for Wednesday 10th to Thursday 11th June, 2020, this will be followed by Screening Appeal which will hold on Friday 12th June, 2020.
The Primary Election will hold on Monday 22nd June, 2020, while Election Appeal has been slated for Wednesday 24th June, 2020.