There are plans to disqualify 27 Ebonyi APC aspirants, says Igado
There are fears that the screening committee may disqualify about 27 All Progressives Congress (APC) Ebonyi State House of Assembly aspirants.
The spokesperson for the aspirants, Mr. Chukwuoji Igodo, said this when he addressed a news conference in Abakaliki, yesterday
Igodo said that a member of the screening committee had told them, shortly after their screening, that they were not cleared due to non-payment of party dues.
He, however, clarified that the aspirants had duly paid their party dues and that the party also issued them with receipts of payment.
Igodo said that disqualifying any of them would be illegal and unconstitutional and would be challenged at the appropriate legal authorities.
“Under the 1999 Constitution, political parties are not allowed to impose nomination or disqualification criteria, measures or conditions on any aspirant or candidate for any election,” he stressed.
He called on the national leadership of the party to call the leader of the party in the state to prevent a repeat of what happened to the party in Zamfara in 2019.
“We wish to state that we duly paid our party dues, and receipts were issued to us by the party.
“There is no reason to disqualify us from contesting the election because we met all party requirements for the election,”Igodo said.
“We call on the national chairman of the party to intervene and ensure that the right thing is done, because we have strong conviction that some powerful forces within government are working with PDP against APC victory ahead of 2023.
“If the party allows us to be screened out of the primaries unduly, we shall be left with no option than to seek redress in court.
“We state unequivocally that we shall challenge our disqualification should the committee be allowed to go ahead to disqualify us,” Orji said.
Reacting, Chief Stanley Okoro-Emegha, the state Chairman of the party, described the allegation as baseless, unfounded and spurious.
He urged party faithful, supporters and the general public to discountenance the allegation that there was plan to disqualify some aspirants in the state.