The All Progressives Congress (APC) has assured the aspirants jostling for the party’s ticket to contest the September 21 Edo governorship of election free, fair, credible and hitch free primaries.
The APC national chairman, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje gave the assurance at the inauguration of the Screening and Appeal Committees for the February 17 primary election at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja, yesterday.
Represented by the APC national organising secretary, Alhaji Suleiman Arugungu, Ganduje charged the Committees to be transparent and fair to all aspirants.
“As you are all aware, screening of our great Party’s aspirants for all elections is a requirement of the constitution of our great party. In the same vein, our party’s constitution also gives weight to equity and restoration of right that is why it provides for a Screening Appeal Committee which avails aggrieved aspirants who might have been screened out at the level of the Screening Committee to seek appellate intervention from the Screening Appeal Committee.
“As you proceed to engage with the task for which you have been nominated, please, be rest assured that we have made sure that the exercise will be hitch free and seamless with the presence of a Secretariat Support Team,” he said.
In his response, Chairman of the Screening Committee, Prof. Taoheed Adedoja thanked the party’s leadership for the opportunity to serve and assured that the panel would be guided by the party’s Constitution and guidelines.
As at the close of submission of expression of interest and nomination forms on Wednesday, 12 aspirants purchased and returned their duly completed forms sold at N500,000,000.
They aspirants are; Clem Agba, Monday Okpebholo, Lucky Imasuen, Anamero Dekeri, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, Gideon Ikhine, retired Col. David Imuse and retired Gen. Charles Ehigie Airhiavbere.
Others include: Oserheimen Osunbor, Blessing Agbomhere, Dennis Idahosa and Ernest Afolabi Umakhihe..