Godwin Obaseki has been disqualified from participating in the Primaries of the All Progressive Congress for the upcoming gubernatorial elections.
The decision was reached by a seven-member screening committee led by Professor Ayuba Jonathan.
The panel cited the decision by both Obaseki and Iduoriyekemwen to drag the APC and the national chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, to court in defiance to the provision of the APC constitution as the basis for the decision.
Following Obaseki’s disqualification, his aide issued a message stating that they know their effort to appeal whatever decision reached would turn out futile.
According to him, Adams Oshiomhole has now made himself the ‘Supreme Court’ of the APC. Therefore, it’ll be hard to get any fair hearing considering their frosty relationship.
“We have watched the mockery of democratic process, which Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, is administering and superintending over in our great party the All Progressives Congress (APC). It has been an unfortunate, disheartening and dreadful spectacle,” The Guardian quoted Obaseki’s Special Adviser on Media and Communication Strategy, Crusoe Osagie as saying.
“We had initially asserted that 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 Governor Godwin 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 Comrade Oshiomhole has reduced the APC into. The situation is quite saddening because this is a party supposedly reputed for change, equity and social justice.
“We have therefore decided that it would be an effort in futility to appeal whatever the unjust outcome of the evaluation and screening process of the APC will be, especially when Comrade Oshiomhole has declared that he is the Supreme Court and ultimate determiner of the fate and future of our great party,” he wrote.
“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.”