Ekiti Peoples Democratic Party’s Chairman of the screening committee, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, has given the main reasons why some members of the party were disqualified from contesting.
The PDP Screening Committee had cleared 13 out of 16 aspirants to participate in the primaries ahead of the governorship poll slated for June 21.
The Chairman of the screening committee, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, presented the committee?s report to the party?s leadership in Abuja on March 10.
Ndoma-Egba said Senator Bode Olowoporoku, Mr. Peter Obafemi and Mrs Bosede Dada were disqualified from contesting the election.
He said that “Olowoporoku could not provide evidence of tax clearance certificate and a court judgment overturning his expulsion from the party”.
He said that “Dada could not provide evidence of payment of membership dues, tax clearance certificate, and West African School Certificate, the minimum qualification for all aspirants”.
The chairman said that “Obafemi was disqualified because he had no National Youth Service Corps discharge certificate”.
He said that aspirants who felt the committee did not meet their expectation had the opportunity of going to the Appeal Panel, which was also constituted on March 10.
Those cleared to contest the poll are former spokesman for the pan-Yoruba group, Afenifere, Prince Dayo Adeyeye; former governor of the state, Mr Ayo Fayose; Mr Oluwadare Bajide; former Minister of Police Affairs, Navy Capt. Caleb Olubolade(retd.); and Adeyanju Sunday.
Others are Erelu Ogundipe, Abiodun Aluko, Adewale Aribisala, Oladeji Omoyeni, Olubenga Aluko, Oluropo Ogunbolude, Dr Omolara Adubiaro and Ajayi Ayodeji.
The Peoples Democratic Party has postponed, by one week, ward congresses for the 2014 governorship primary in Ekiti State.
This is contained in a statement issued on Tuesday in Abuja by the party`s National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Olisa Metuh.
The statement said the congress had earlier been scheduled to hold on March 12 (today).
Metuh said the postponement was to allow party members participate in the ongoing continuous voter registration and verification of registration of voters by the Independent National Electoral Commission.