2023: APC disqualifies 10 presidential aspirants, clears 13


By Lanre Oloyede

Former Lagos State governor, and frontline presidential hopeful on the platform of All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, might have lost his bid to realize his ambition on the platform of APC as the party Tuesday announced the disqualification of ten out of the twenty-three presidential aspirants who faced the party’s screening panel.

Chairman APC Presidential Screening Committee, John Odigie Oyegun, dropped the hint on Friday, after submitting the report of the screening exercise to the national Chairman of APC, Abdullahi Adamu.

Addressing journalists at the national Secretariat of APC, Oyegun said only thirteen aspirants out of the twenty three that appeared before the Committee was cleared.

He said age was one of the parameters considered by the committee in pruning down the list of aspirants as it gave consideration to younger aspirants.

The former Governor of Edo State also said experience and the aspirants’ contributions to national development were used as the criteria for the screening.

Though Oyegun declined to go into details of the aspirants disqualified and cleared, there are indications to suggest that Tinubu who recently clocked 70 years and the oldest of the aspirants might have been axed by the Oyegun-led panel.

Analytically, the verdict of the Oyegun-led screening committee of APC might have sealed the fate of 10 presidential aspirants within less than 48 hours to the party’s presidential primary in Abuja.

Oyegun also disclosed that the committee did not screen former President Goodluck Jonathan.