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The National Organising Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Osita Izunaso on Wednesday, June 8, at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja inaugurated a high-powered seven-member screening committee and three-member screening appeal committee for the 2016 Edo state governorship election primaries.

The seven-member screening committee is chaired by Hon. Chibudum Nwuche, a former deputy speaker of the House of Representatives.

Other members are Senator Olubunmi Adetunmbi who represented Ekiti North in the 7th Senate, Senator Caleb Zagi who represented Kaduna South constituency in the 7th senate, Mrs Mary Enwongulu, Hajiya Aisha Aliyu, Hon. Kizito Martins and Dr. Mrs Oyibo Obasi.

The Committee is chaired by Senator Adeleke Olorunnimbe Mamora, the senate minority leader in the 7th senate.

The APC National Organising Secretary, Abubakar Hussaini Moriki, charged the screening committee to carry out comprehensive due diligence of all documents submitted to the party by the twelve aspirants.

He said all candidates must meet eligibility requirements provided by the 1999 Constitution (as amended), 2010 Electoral Act (as amended), the Party’s constitution and the 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 hold on 18th June, 2016 in Benin while the screening will commence this Wednesday afternoon, June 8, 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”. The APC National Organising Secretary, Senator Osita Izunaso said.

Speaking at the inauguration, the chairman of the screening committee, 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.

According to him, 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.

Meanwhile,twelve aspirants collected the APC expression of interest and nomination forms for the Edo state governorship election.

They are Mr Blessing Abdulwarith Agbomhere, Charles Ehigie Airhiavbere, Fredrick Ebegue Amadasun, Hon. Emmanuel Arigbe-Osula, Architect Austin Ilenre Emuan, and Peter Ekhermhalomhen Esele.

The National Organising Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Osita Izunaso (middle) flanked by the Chairman of the APC Screening Committee for the 2016 Edo State governorship election primaries, Rt. Hon. Chibudum Nwuche (left) and APC Director of Organisation, Alhaji Kyari Abubakar at the Party’s National Secretariat on Wednesday

The National Organising Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Osita Izunaso (middle) flanked by the Chairman of the APC Screening Committee for the 2016 Edo State governorship election primaries, Rt. Hon. Chibudum Nwuche (left) and APC Director of Organisation, Alhaji Kyari Abubakar at the Party’s National Secretariat on Wednesday.

Others are Kenneth Imansuangbon; Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki; Pius Egberanmwen Odubu, Agbarha Justina Ebeyehi Ojehor, Christopher Osa Ogiemwonyi and Oserheimen Aigberadion Osunbor.

However, the time-table and schedule of activities for the conduct of the Edo State 2016 APC governorship primary election was also included.

On Tuesday 17th May to Friday 3rd June, 2016, there will be sale of forms (APC National Secretariat), the last day for submission of completed forms at the party’s secretariat is Monday 6th June.

The screening of aspirants which is to take place in Abuja holds from  Wednesday June 8 to Sunday June 12, 2016.

The screening appeal‎ holds from Monday June 13 to Wednesday, June 15 Wednesday . The primary election holds on Saturday June 18 and the election appeal on Monday June 20 to Wednesday June 23, 2016.
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