In a bid to avoid a repeat of Bayelsa State disqualification, credentials big the six aspirants in the Edo State All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship race for the party's ticket at June 22 primary are to be subjected to public verification.
The party National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Friday.
The party in the statement invited members of the party and the public to visit the National Secretariat if the party in Abuja and the Edi State Secretariat where the credentials already submitted by the aspirants will be displayed for public verification.
This will be followed by the final scrutiny by the party screening panel.
The statement reads in part: "In our bid to ensure due diligence and transparency in the screening exercise and learning from our recent shocking experiences, we are determined to avoid any lapses in the process. Therefore, we are making the submitted information and documents of the governorship aspirants available to our party members and the public for verification of claims and to support the screening panel with information or any objection to the claims contained in the submission by the aspirants.
"Consequently, the various submissions will be displayed at the Party's National Secretariat in Abuja and in Benin City, the Edo State capital from Monday 8th to Tuesday 9th June, 2020 for claims and objections".
The party then invited party members and the public to assist the screening committee by scrutinizing the information, credentials and documents provided by the governorship aspirants and avail the Screening Committee of counter and correct information, if applicable.
The six Governorship aspirants to be screened for the Party's June 22, 2020 Primary Election to elect the party's Edo state governorship candidate are Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, H.E. Godwin Obaseki, Rt. Hon. Dr. Pius Odubu, Engr. Chris Ogiemwonyi, Hon. Osaro Obazee and Hon. Matthew Aigbuhuenze Iduoriyekemwen.
The party's time table and schedule of activities for the conduct of the 2020 Governorship Primary Elections in Edo States in line with the provisions of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) guidelines.
Sales and submission of Expression of Interest and Nomination forms closed on Wednesday, June 3rd, the publication of claims and objections is slated for Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th June, 2020 while the screening panel has Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11, June, 2020 to scrutinize the credentials of the aspirants and the screening appeal holds on Friday 12, June, 2020.
The party's primary election will hold on Monday 22nd June, 2020, while the election appeal has been slated for Wednesday June 24, 2020.
-Jimi Anjolaoluwa – Abuja.