Two candidates who declared their interest in participating in the people’s Democratic party (PDP) primary election for the Ondo gubernatorial election were disqualified.
Yakubu Dogara, the Chairman of the selection Committee, broke the news to reporters in Abuja on Friday.
Dogara said the two candidates are not eligible to participate in the party’s primary elections scheduled for July 22 and 23.
He did, however, say that disqualified candidates are free to appeal to the Appeals Committee, which will meet in Abuja on Monday.
“The intention is that anyone who has passed through the review will have almost like a banking case that can’t be challenged anywhere,” he said.
So, we have critically and analytically reviewed all the claims contained in all the documents submitted to us, and I am happy to inform you that we have completed the task and the preliminary certificate of admission has been signed by the Committee.
It will be distributed to candidates right now, some of them who are collecting their certificates here. Unfortunately, in this case, I am not happy to tell you that two applicants failed the litmus test.
“This does not mean that they were disqualified, because we do not have the authority to disqualify anyone.
“There is still an opportunity to appeal the verdict to the appeal Board, which will sit on Monday.
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“Therefore, if one of the two candidates who did not pass the test feels that some kind of judicial error may have been committed, as if they have the opportunity to appeal to the court, they have the right to start this appeal from this moment.”
Dogara did not disclose the identities of the disqualified aspirants.
Agbola Ajayi, the deputy governor of Ondo; Eyitayo Jegede, a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN); Eddy Olafeso, national vice-chairman (south-west), Banji Okunomo, Olusola Ebiseeni and Bamidele Akingboye, are some of the aspirants of the PDP in Ondo.