Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo, says he will not appeal his disqualification by the Governorship Primary Screening Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Obaseki, who said this in a statement issued by Mr Crusoe Osagie, his Special Adviser on Media and Communication Strategy, however, described the action as ‘a mockery of the democratic process’.
According to the statement: “We have watched the mockery of the democratic process, which Comrade Adams Oshiomhole is administering and superintending over in our great party the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“It has been an unfortunate, disheartening and dreadful spectacle.
“We had initially asserted that going by the open display and enthronement of illegality by one man in the party that comprises several organs and eminent personalities, there is no way that Gov. Godwin Obaseki would get a fair assessment in the run-up to the nomination of candidates to fly the flag of the party in the forthcoming Edo gubernatorial election.”
It said that it was unfortunate that “this open show of shame, illegality and travesty of justice’’ was the brand of democracy which Oshiomhole had reduced the APC into.
“The situation is quite saddening because this is a party supposedly reputed for change, equity and social justice.
“We have, therefore, decided that it would be an effort in futility to appeal whatever the unjust outcome of the evaluation and screening process of the APC will be.
“(This is) especially when Comrade Oshiomhole has declared that he is the Supreme Court and ultimate determiner of the fate and future of our great party.
“We wish Oshiomhole luck in his maladministration of the party and trust that the Almighty will help our country to find the path to true liberty, freedom and justice.
“We call on all party members and the teeming supporters of Gov. Obaseki to remain calm and await further directives,” the statement added.