The All Progressives Congress (APC) Screening Committee for Ondo State Governorship Primary Election has disqualified, Segun Abrahim, a loyalist of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu for the Ondo state governorship party’s primary election slated for July 20.
Though, the chairman of the screening committee, Alhaji Tijani Tumsa, refused to mention the name of the disqualified aspirant while submitting the report of the committee to the National Secretary of the party’s Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary National Convention Planning Committee (CEONCPC), Senator Akpan Udoedehe, at the party National Secretariat in Abuja on Friday.
Source gathered that that the aspirant affected is Dr Segun Abraham believed to be a loyalist of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Abraham had in 2016 lost out to Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu in circumstances that nearly threatened the victory of the party at the polls.
Abraham’s loss in 2016 was reportedly one of the reasons why Asiwaju Tinubu moved against the then National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.
The chairman, who said the 12 aspirants were assessed based on their presentations, and education qualifications among others, added that the disqualified contender failed to meet up with the requirements set by the party.
The aspirants who participated in the screening included incumbent Gov Rotimi Akeredolu, Joseph Olusola Iji, Odimayo Okunjimi, Olayide Owolabi Adelami, Issacs Duerimini Kekemeke, Olusola Oke Alex, lfeoluwa Olusola Oyedele and Olajumoke Olubusola Anifowoshe.
Others are Awodeyi Akinsehinwa Akinola Colinus, Olubukola Adetula, Dr Abraham Olusegun Michael and Dr Nathaniel Adojutelegan.
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 based on their presentations, educational qualifications, their commitment to the party, knowledge of the constitution, community service, manifesto 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 emphasise 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, Udoedehe commended the committee for what he described as diligent exercise.
He, however, assured that the report would be transferred to the appeal committee for necessary action.