Bayo Oyewale, Lokoja
The All Progressives Congress (APC) Screening Committee has disqualified one of the aspirants for Kogi West Senatorial Seat, Hon. Bamidele Aro.
The Chairman of the Screening Committee, Barrister Davidson Oputteh, stated that the committee disqualified the aspirant based on his self-disclosed indictment by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in a matter that is pending in court.
But sources at the party secretariat in Lokoja pointed out that the embattled aspirant has filed an appeal before the appeal committee, stating that he had indicated it in the nomination form that he has such a case pending before the court with the EFCC.
According to the committee’s report, six of the seven aspirants satisfied the requirements of the party guidelines and were cleared.
The committee said: “We are of the opinion that it would be inexpedient for the party to stake it’s electoral fortunes on such a risky aspirant, with possible future legal disability”.
The committee stated the aspirant did not satisfy the party criterion set out at P3 paragraph 4 (A) (10), which states that all aspirants must show knowledge of the party’s manifesto and programs.
Meanwhile, the state party chairman, Haddi Ametuo, confirmed the disqualification of the aspirant but declined further comments on it, saying that the matter was before the appeal panel.
He said he would be in the best position to make any meaningful comment after the appeal panel’s report.
Those who were cleared to contest the primary election in the state are Hon. Dino Melaye, Hon. Adeyemi Abidemi, Mall, Yakubu Adoke, Senator Otaru Salihu Ohize, Alhaji Shuaibu Abdullahi and Senator M. S Ohiare.