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As the date for political party primaries draws near, more drama is unfolding in the Cross River State All Progressive Congress, APC, as Senator Ben Ayade’s anointed candidate, Senator Bassey Otu was not cleared by the party’s Screening Committee. Meanwhile, Otu’s closest rivals Senator John Owan Enoh and Hon. Chris Agara we’re cleared.
Senator Otu, who was announced as the consensus candidate after a closed-door meeting by the Governor in Abuja, is said to have failed to produce his primary and secondary school certificates. The Committee declared his clearance inconclusive.
The Committee, in the report signed by DIG Suleiman D. Fakai Committee Chairman, Hon. Chidi Nwogu Committee Secretary, and Amb. Paul Oyiborume Committee member said the petition alleging that Senator Otu was an ex-convict could not be substantiated and was thrown away.
The report partly reads: “The Committee, after due scrutiny of the content of the petition and the supporting documents, found no evidence to substantiate the allegation of conviction of the aspirant before any court of law.
“However, with regards to the allegation of questionable academic credentials, the subject could neither produce his First School Leaving Certificate nor his West African School Certificate. He could only produce his secondary school testimonial. In the circumstances, therefore, the Committee has no option than to declare this matter as inconclusive.”
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