The Prof. Jonathan Ayuba screening committee and Prof. Abubakar Fari appeal committees have been described as “illegality” that only succeeded in adding to the legion of legal challenges facing the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
The committees were created by the National Working Committee, NWC headed by Mr. Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole to screen the six governorship aspirants of the party before the primaries, scheduled to hold June 22, 2020. The Caribbean appeal committee was expected to handle appeals that will arise from the exercise.
While inaugurating the screening and appeal committees, Oshiomhole likened the APC NWC to the supreme court.
According to Oshiomhole, the screening committee would act as the High Court, the appeals committee would serve as appellate court, while the NWC would act as the Supreme Court.
He boasted that the NWC has the power to reject the screening result.
“The Screening Committee is High Court, Appeal Committee, Appeal Court and the NWC, the Supreme Court.” Oshiomhole said.
But the two committees have come under attack by some APC stakeholders who have branded them as “illegal.”
Article 19 of the Constitution of the party defines the selection process for APC Screening and Selection Committees. The section also clearly listed the party organs that holds the power to approve the results.
In particular, subsection (iii) unambiguously stipulates that:
“The committee (Screening Committee) shall he headed by a chairman and shall comprise of six (6) members that shall be recommended by the National Executive
Committee (NEC) and ratified by the Board of Trustees (BoT).
“The Committee shall:
- Be responsible for the screening of Party aspirants for nomination or
election Into the following offices:
b. Vice President
d. Deputy Governors
e. Members of the National and State Houses of Assembly
f. National Officers of the Party
“2. The list of candidates elected at the Party Primary Election, Congresses
and Conventions for the Offices mentioned in Article 19 (iii) (1) of this
Constitution shall be forwarded after the disposal of any appeals to the
Board of Trustees of the Party for ratification/confirmation as
Candidates for National/General elections or elected officers of the
Party, whichever is applicable
“3. Members of this Committee shall not be eligible to contest for any
political/elective positions in the same election for which they are
serving as members.”
It is on this note that the concerned stakeholders are at amiss of the legal status of the resent APC Screening Committee, since its was single-handlly constituted by the NWC instead of the NEC.
As drama trails the All Progressives Congress in Edo State, observers have concluded that the party’s ticket have already been rendered inconsequential by the avoidable bubu traps.
All the legal circumvention have been used to attract political foes to the bait. The question now is not if the eventual ‘victor’ will be caught and trapped inside the ‘bubu’, but when.