Ondo guber: APC panel disqualifies one aspirant

The screening committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) said it has disqualified one out of the 12 aspirants that purchased expression of interest and nomination forms to seek the party’s ticket for the September 10 governorship elections in Ondo State.

Chairman of the committee, Tijani Tumsa said while presenting the committee’s report to the party’s Caretaker/ Extra-Ordinary Convention Committee yesterday in Abuja that one aspirant was disqualified for not meeting up with the party’s requirements to contest the election .

He noted that the committee took adequate scrutiny of the aspirants before it arrived at its decisions, adding that the candidate has every opportunity to appeal the committee’s decision, if he is not certified

The aspirants participated in the exercise inclined: Joseph Olusola Iji, Odimayo Okunjimi, Olayide Owolabi Adelaml mni, Issacs Duerimini Kekemeke, Olusola Oke Alex, lfeoluwa Olusola 0yedele and Olajumoke Olubusola Anifowoshe.

Others are Awodeyi Akinsehinwa Akinola Colinus, Olubukola Adetula, Dr.Abraham Olusegun Michael and Dr. Nathaniel Adojutelegan.

While submitting the report Friday in Abuja, Chairman of the Ondo state screening committee Alhaji Tijani Tumsa, said the aspirants were scored based on their presentations, education qualifications, among others but one of the twelve aspirants failed to meet up with the requirements set by the party.

“We commenced the screening exercise two days ago. There were twelve aspirants in all and I’m glad to report that they all showed up for the exercise and we were able to conduct the screening within the two days stipulated.

“The committee decided that the aspirants be scored base on their presentations, educational qualifications, their commitment to the party, knowledge of the constitution, community service, manifestoe of the APC their team spirit and working experience.

“Of the 12 aspirants fit the election, the committee has deemed it possible to qualify eleven of the aspirants to contest for the primary. We understand of course that the 12th aspirant has the option of apealing the decision of the committee.

“I will like to emphasize and to commend the aspirants who cooperated in no small measures for the success of this exercise. I will like to seize this opportunity to thank the party for finding us worthy to conduct exercise.”

Receiving the report on behalf of governor Buni, the caretaker committee’s secretary, Sen. John Udoehe, commended the committee for what he described as diligent exercise.

He, however assured that the report will be transferred to the appeal committee for necessary action.

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