THE Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, has decided not to appeal the decision of the screening committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC), which disqualified him and two others from contesting the party’s June 22 primaries.
The Chairman of the Screening committee, Prof Jonathan Ayuba, had said Friday that Obaseki’s disqualification was because of discrepancies on his age and the controversy surrounding his certificate.
According to Ayuba: “We were thorough in our work. We want to be judged by what we have done not party politics. We went beyond screening but didn’t investigate much. Our report should be based on the fact we presented, not on assumptions.”
In his reaction, Obaseki, in a statement on Friday, by his Special Adviser on Media and Communication Strategy, Crusoe Osagie, stated, it has “been an unfortunate, disheartening and dreadful spectacle.”
He noted gravely, “the mockery of democratic process, which Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, is administering and superintending over in our great party the All Progressives Congress (APC).”
In the statement, he pointed out that he had expressed misgivings regarding his chances at screening because of the interests of Oshiomhole.
According to statement, “going by the open display and enthronement of illegality by one man in the party that comprises several organs and eminent personalities, there is no way that Obaseki would get a fair assessment in the run-up to the nomination of candidates to fly the flag of the party in the forthcoming Edo gubernatorial election.
“It is unfortunate that this open show of shame, illegality and travesty of justice is the brand of democracy, which Oshiomhole has reduced the APC into. The situation is quite saddening because this is a party supposedly reputed for change, equity and social justice.”
He therefore summed that any attempt to appeal the result “would be effort in futility to appeal whatever the unjust outcome of the evaluation and screening process of the APC will be, especially when Oshiomhole has declared that he is the Supreme Court and ultimate determiner of the fate and future of our great party.
“We wish Oshiomhole well in his maladministration of the party and trust that the Almighty will help our country to find the path to true liberty, freedom and justice.”
It will be recalled that the screening committee on Friday disqualified Obaseki, Matthew Aigbuhuenze Iduoriyekemwen and Chris Ogiemwonyi from contesting the primaries.
The committee cleared Pastor Ize-Iyamu, Pius Odubu and Osaro Obazee to contest.
After his screening Obaseki told newsmen that he was not sure of getting justice from the National Working Committee (NWC), led by Oshiomhole, because the former governor of Edo had let his interests override the politics of the party in the state.
Obaseki told newsmen: “I asked that Oshiomhole excuse himself from the process in the interest of peace and justice.
“Since he is the judge and the jury in this matter, I will just wait for the outcome of the screening. I have given them all the information they need; the controversial certificate from the University of Ibadan has been tendered.”
“As a party man I have to go through the screening process but I do not believe that I will get justice because Oshiomhole is an interested party in the Edo process.
“One of the questions that was asked was why did I issue a gazette that will prevent the party from performing direct elections in Edo. That did I not see it as an anti-party activity? I just felt that if we put politics above the lives of the people of Edo, then we may be missing the point.”