The disqualified outgoing governor of Edo state, Godwin Obaseki, says he will decided his next step after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari following his disqualification from the All Progressives Congress (APC) primary election in the state.
The governor said he is still consulting with his supporters.
Writing via his Twitter handle on Sunday, the governor described his disqualification as an act of injustice.
“I appreciate the sustained show of solidarity, support and goodwill from Edo people and Nigerians in the face of injustice by the @OfficialAPCNg screening committee,” he wrote.
“I will be making my next move known after I complete consultations with my supporters and meet with @MBuhari.”
I appreciate the sustained show of solidarity, support and goodwill from Edo people and Nigerians in the face of injustice by the @OfficialAPCNg screening committee. I will be making my next move known after I complete consultations with my supporters and meet with @MBuhari
Jonathan Ayuba, chairman of the screening committee, had said Obaseki was disqualified over a “defective” certificate.
“In our view of the issues raised. We concluded that the higher school certificate was defective,” he had said.
“The NYSC certificate – and act of the aspirant taking the party to court – these are some of the issues we have attached and based on the party constitution this has made us to recommend that the above candidate thereby his Excellency Godwin Obaseki is not eligible to participate in the governor.”
The APC national working committee upheld the disqualification, accusing the governor of also unduly interfering in the state legislature.
Earlier reports indicated that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, is wooing Obaseki to join the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the main opposition party in the state and the country at large.
In another development, a Coalition of civil society groups in Edo State under the aegis of Edo Civil Society Coalition for Peace and Development had led a ‘Peace Walk’ to promote peace and campaign to put an end to godfatherism in the state.
The groups expressed worry over rising political tension, noting their displeasure on the outcome of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Governorship Screening Committee, which disqualified the incumbent governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki.
Speaking on behalf of the coalition, Batholomew Okoudo, frowned at the political crisis and fisticuffs among the ruling party’s stakeholders, calling for peace and unity in Edo State.
Okoudo, who condemned the party’s decision for a direct primary and called for an end to godfatherism, said the life of Edo people is more important than the selfish ambition of any politician.
He added: “Those in positions of authority must ensure that the interests of the people are considered. Those in charge of the primary should be peaceful rather than hijacking the situation and process, putting the lives of all Edo people in danger.”