APC Screening Committee Disqualifies 10 Presidential Aspirants, 99% Aspirants Agree


The ruling All Progressives Congress’ presidential screening committee says it has disqualified 10 aspirants from its primaries scheduled for next week.

Addressing journalists on Friday after submitting the committee’s screening report, the Committee Chairman John Oyegun said  only 13 out of the 23 aspirants screened were cleared by the committee.

However Mr. Oyegun declined to reveal the identity of the disqualified aspirants.

He also debunked rumours making the rounds that the committee did screen former president Goodluck Jonathan, stating categorically that it never screened the former President.

The screening exercise lasted for 2 days — between Monday and Tuesday this week.

Cleared aspirants are expected to contest for party’s presidential  ticket at a scheduled special convention in Abuja between June 6 and 8.

However, Mr Oyegun said all the aspirant were engaged on consensus question, which about 99% agreed on consensus candidate.

“It is a pleasant surprise that 98 to 99 per cent agreed that the party is supreme and that whatever the party finally decides through proper consultations, they will likely to accept.

“We have only one exemption, who said that he will accept consensus so long as it is bid on me. I think it is a point that needs to be made and emphasised.

“That gives you leeway in the hours ahead to trim down even more drastically. Finally, we should not be afraid to contest the primary if anybody insists on the contest,” he said.

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