Kogi Decides: APC To Review Screening Committee’s Disqualification Of Aspirants

Pressure from several quarters will force the National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to review the screening of aspirants contesting the governorship primary of the party in Kogi state.

Although the review and possible reversal will be on a case by case basis, the party has said.

Legal tussle from within cost the party all elective positions it had won in Zamfara State. This may have informed the tact the party has adopted in resolving the many controversies brought about by the verdict of the Hope Uzodinma-led screening committee which disqualified 12 aspirants for various reasons.

In Rivers State the party could not field candidates due to in-fighting during the March elections.

But one of the aspirants disqualified however confided in some people that she did not sign her affidavit because the court did not ask her to do so.

However, National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu said there was no need for the controversy surrounding the screening as those disqualified have an option of approaching the Appeals Panel which is also independent of the National Working Committee.

Onilu said “screening of aspirants is a constitutional issue. 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.

“Aspirants who have objections to outcomes of screening have the opportunity of presenting their case before the Appeal Panel. It should be noted that both the screening and appeal committees are independent of the National Working Committee as far as their activities are concerned.

“By practice, having selected people believed to be credible as members of these committees, the NWC does not interfere in anyway in their activities.

“Aspirants have the comfort that the reports would eventually be presented to the National Working Committee where a final look will be taken on a case by case basis to ensure the outcomes are in strict compliance with our party’s constitution and the Electoral Act. “There is therefore no basis for any controversy on the current screening process to choose eligible aspirants who will contest at the party’s primaries to choose our candidates for the upcoming governorship elections in both Kogi and Bayelsa states.”

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