One of the aspirants for the governorship seat of Ondo State on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Segun Abraham, has been disqualified by the screening committee, set up for the purpose of screening aspirants, ahead of governorship primary of the party.
Submitting its report to the caretaker committee of the APC, headed by governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni, on Friday in Abuja, the screening committee, headed by Alhaji Tijani Tumsa, said the aspirants were scored based on their presentations, education qualifications, among others, adding that one of the 12 aspirants failed to meet up with the requirements set by the party.
The aspirants who participated in the screening exercise include: Joseph Olusola Iji; Odimayo Okunjimi; Olayide Owolabi Adelaml, mni; Issacs Duerimini Kekemeke; Olusola Alex Oke; lfeoluwa Olusola 0yedele; and Olajumoke Olubusola Anifowoshe.
Others are Awodeyi Akinsehinwa; Akinola Colinus; Olubukola Adetula; Dr. Olusegun Michael Abraham; and Dr. Nathaniel Adojutelegan.
Alhaji Tumsa said, “We commenced the screening exercise two days ago. There were 12 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, manifestoes of the APC, their team spirit and working experience.
“Of the 12 aspirants for the election, the committee has deemed it possible to qualify 11 of the aspirants to contest for the primary. We understand of course that the 12th aspirant has the option of appealing 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, Senator John Udoehe, commended the committee for what he described as diligent exercise; assuring that the report will be transferred to the appeal committee for necessary action.