The Ekiti State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governorship Screening Committee yesterday cleared 13 other governorship aspirants for the March 15 primary election in the state.
The committee also disqualified three other governorship aspirants.
The chairman of the committee, Senator Victor Ndoma Egba, who presented the committeeâ€™s report to the Deputy National Chairman, Mr. Uche Secondus, said the template used for the screening of the 16 governorship aspirants include, evidence of party membership, payment of tax clearance and participation in party activities.
He also said the 17th person was not screened because the committee did not have his data because he did not meet the deadline for the submission of completed governorship forms.
Accordingly, he said those disqualified were due to their inability to provide evidence of their basic school certificates, payment of their taxes as at when due and the other was expulsion from the party due to anti-party activities.
Ndoma-Egba listed those disqualified to include Senator Bode Olowoporoku, Bosede Cecilia Dada and Peter Obafemi, explaining that Olowoporoku was disqualified because he was expelled from the party.
However, he said Olowoporoku said there was a court order reversing his expulsion.
The chairman of the committee also said Olowoporoku could not provide evidence of his tax clearance, while stating that the committee was unable to peruse the court order because it came late, but said: â€œWe have asked him to take his case to the appeal committeeâ€.
Mrs. Dada was disqualified because of her inability to provide evidence of membership dues, school certificate and tax clearance.
On the reason why Obafemi was disqualified, Ndoma-Egba said he was disqualified because he could not provide evidence of his National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) discharge certificate.
The governorship aspirants cleared to contest the March 15 governorship election include, Oluwadare Bejide, Capt. Olubolade Caleb, Adedayo Adeyeye, Ayodele Fayose, Adeyanju Bodunde Sunday, Erelu M. Ogundipe, Jacob Abiodun Aluko, Adewale Aribisala, Oladeji Omoyeni, Ajayi Ayodeji Eldad, Gbenga Aluko, Olurope Ogunbolude and Omolara Adubiaro.
Secondus, who received the report of the screening committee report thanked the members for a job well done.
He urged those disqualified to take their case to the appeal committee.
He said: â€œThose of you with issues should take your case to the appeal committee, where justice would be done. Everything would be transparently done. PDP as a political party will carry everybody along at all stages.
Meanwhile, the party has constituted an appeal committee headed by Senator Mohammed Magoro.
The appeal committee is expected to hear the appeals of the disqualified members today at the party secretariat.