The All Progressives Congress (APC) has inaugurated a seven-man Kogi State gubernatorial screening committee to screen the 22 aspirants who have picked and submitted the governorship form in the state.
The committee which was inaugurated in Abuja, has been charged by the APC leadership to be fair to all the aspirants.
The committee will be headed by Boss Mustapha, a lawyer and former deputy national chairman of the APC who unsuccessfully ran for governor of Adamawa state in the last elections. Others in the committee include Lawal Munir as Secretary, Hon. Emmanuel Ufuoma, Chief Geoffrey Ufuru, Mrs. Tina Adike, Mrs. Ekwy Oyindo and Mr. Bashir Sheriff Machina.
The National Organising Secretary of the APC, Senator Osita Izunaso, told the committee that all aspirants must be duly registered and financially up to date, adding that five members of the party from different local government areas must nominate an aspirant to qualify.
He said it is also the responsibility of the screening committee to scrutinise every certificate brought before them by the aspirants emphasising that any aspirant who poses an obstacle to the screening of certificates should be immediately disqualified.
“All aspirants must sign the party code of conduct. The screening will be done in line with the 1999 Constitution as amended. Only the aspirants cleared will go for the primaries,” the organising secretary said.
According to him, there will also be a separate screening appeal committee for aspirants who are not satisfied with the work done by the screening committee.
While inaugurating the screening committee, the National Chairman of the APC, Chief John Oyegun, represented by the Deputy Chairman South, Mr. Segun Oni, assured them that the screening of the aspirants will be free, fair and transparent.