The Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), has said two out of nine aspirants failed the screening exercise for the party’s gubernatorial primaries in Ondo state.
Chairman of the screening panel and a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, who disclosed this to newsmen on Friday in Abuja, said the unnamed aspirants can appeal the outcome since the Committee lacked powers to disqualify any aspirant.
“Unfortunately, in this case, I am not happy to report this to you that about two aspirants failed the test, the litmus tests that we applied.
“But that is not to say that they have been disqualified, because we don’t have the powers to disqualify anybody.
“So, if any of the two candidates that didn’t pass the screening feels that maybe some kind of miscarriage of Justice was done, will have the opportunity of appeal.
“Such candidate is entitled to launch that appeal from now onwards as soon as he picks the outcome of what we have done.
“By Monday, they have appellate body to look at it and if they feel that they are qualified, they could be cleared.
“But as far as we are concerned, having applied all the tools that we have and the guidelines given to us, two of our candidates did not make it” Dogara said.
The aspirants screened by the committee were the incumbent Deputy Governor of the state, Dr Agboola Ajayi, Eyitayo Jegede, Sen. Boluwaji Kunlere, Dr Eddy Olafeso, Ben Okunomo, Bode Ayorinde, Otunba Bamidele Akingboye, Mr Godday Erewa and Mr Sola Ebiseeni.