Dyepkazah Shibayan, Abuja
National Organizing Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Osita Izunaso, Wednesday, at the Party’s National Secretariat in Abuja inaugurated a 7 member Screening Committee and another three-member Screening Appeal Committee for the governorship election primaries in Edo state.
The seven-member Screening Committee is chaired by a former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Chibudum Nwuche with Senator Olubunmi Adetunmbi, Senator Caleb Zagi, Mrs. Mary Enwongulu, Hajiya Aisha Aliyu, Hon. Kizito Martins as members while Mrs Oyibo Obasi serves as Secretary.
The three-member Screening Appeal Committee is chaired by Senator Adeleke Olorunnimbe Mamora with Senator Nkechi Nwaogu as member while Hon. Abubakar Hussaini Moriki is Secretary.
Izunaso charged the Nwuche-led screening committee to carry out comprehensive due diligence of all documents submitted to the party by the twelve aspirants.
He warned that all candidates must meet eligibility requirements provided by the 1999 Constitution (as amended), 2010 Electoral Act (as amended), the Party’s constitution and the Party’s 2014 guidelines for the nomination of candidates for public office.
He also said all aspirants should be treated fairly and justly during the screening exercise.
“Today, we have assembled very eminent personalities of our great party to undertake this important assignment for us. The APC governorship primaries for Edo state will be on 18th June, 2016 in Benin while the screening will commence this afternoon (Wednesday) in Abuja. We don’t want any interference with your job that is why we are not conducting the screening exercise in Benin. It has always been our tradition to conduct the screening outside the state.
“You have a very big task. If you bring an aspirant that is not qualified and he or she runs the election on our ticket and wins, and the other people goes to court, our party will lose to a party that came second, so your duty is very critical”, Izunaso said.
Speaking at the inauguration, Mr. Nwuche said the litmus test for the success of any political party is premised on the fairness of its candidate selection processes and overall adherence to the principles and practice of internal party democracy.
“What makes a party strong is the justice it dispenses in the selection of candidates and the screening exercise is the first in that process. What killed many parties in the past including the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is injustice. In APC, I know that that will not be here”, he said.
12 aspirants (11 male and 1 female) collected the APC Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms for the Edo state governorship election.
They are: Mr. Blessing Abdulwarith Agbomhere; Major Gen. Charles Ehigie Airhiavbere; Prof. Fredrick Ebegue Amadasun; Hon. Emmanuel Arigbe-Osula; Architect Austin Ilenre Emuan; Comrade Peter Ekhermhalomhen Esele; Barrister Kenneth Imansuangbon; Mr. Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki; Hon. Pius Egberanmwen Odubu; Mrs. Agbarha Justina Ebeyehi Ojehor; Engineer Christopher Osa Ogiemwonyi and Professor Oserheimen Aigberadion Osunbor.