ABUJA â€” AHEAD of Saturdayâ€™s primary election for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to get its standard bearer for the June 21 Ekiti State gubernatorial election, the screening committee yesterday submitted its report to the National leadership of the party, with Senator Bode Olowoporoku disqualified because of no Tax Clearance certificate to show that he paid as at when due.
According to the Chairman of the Screening Committee and Senate Leader, Victor Ndoma- Egba while submitting the report of the committee to the Deputy National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus at Legacy House, PDP Campaign Office, Abuja, yesterday, Olowoporoku was disqualified from participating in the primary election because of no evidence of court judgement overturning his previous expulsion from the party, adding that he was disqualified because of a petition that he was earlier expelled from the party and has not been readmitted.
Also not cleared alongside the former Minister of Agriculture were Bosede Cecilia Dada and Peter Obafemi.
Peter Obafemi, the committee said, was disqualified for his inability to present his National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, discharge certificate while Bosede Cecilia Dada was unable to present evidence of payment of membership dues, unable to show evidence of WAEC certificate and also unable to show evidence that she paid her taxes as at when due.
Of the 16 aspirants screened by the committee, 13 were cleared to take part in the party primary which, however, closes room for the emergence of a consensus candidate.
The 13 cleared were Ambassador Bejide Oluwadare, Caleb Olubolade, Adedayo Adeyeye, Ayodele Fayose, Adeyanju Bodunde, Ogundipe Modupe Margaret, Abiodun Aluko, Oladeji Omoyeni, Sen. Gbenga Aluko, Oluropo Ogunbolude, Omolara Adubiaro, Ajayi Ayodeji and Adewale Aribisala.
Though Olowoporoku told the committee that a court of competent jurisdiction has upturned his expulsion from the party, Ndoma-Egba, however, said as at the time the committee concluded its works, the court judgment was not made available to the committee by Olowoporoku.
Ndoma-Egba on court judgment
Speaking after the session with party leaders, Ndoma-Egba said a copy of the court judgement was sent to the committee yesterday by Olowoporoku, but added that the committee had already finished writing its report and was only waiting to present it to the partyâ€™s National Working Committee, NWC, before the correspondence from the senator arrived, adding that screening committee could no longer accept it, but that Olowoporoku was free to present it to the Appeal Committee.
Ndoma-Egba also said that all the disqualified aspirants were free to approach the Appeal Committee to seek clearance
The Appeal Committee headed by Senator Mohammed Magoro, with Chief Ebenezer Babatope, Senator Saidu Komo, Yusuf Ayitogu, among others as members, has Col. Austin Akobundu as Secretary will sit today.