The screening of the 25 presidential candidates scheduled on Monday, May 23rd has been postponed by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Barr. Felix Morka, the APC’s National Publicity Secretary, confirmed the postponement in a statement on Sunday night, however, no reason was offered for the change of plans.
Morka also stated that a new date for the screening exercise will be announced to the public in the near future, but did not specify a time.
“The Screening Exercise for Presidential Aspirants of the All Progressives Congress (APC) earlier scheduled to be held on Monday, May 23rd, 2022, is hereby postponed,” the terse statement read.
“A new date for the exercise will be announced shortly. Any inconvenience caused is deeply regretted.”
Key aspirants that have submitted their forms include Vice President Yemi Osibanjo; APC National Leader, Bola Tinubu; ex-Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi; former Minister of Niger Delta Development, Sen. Godswill Akpabio.
Others are Cross River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade; his Ebonyi State counterpart, Gov. Dave Umahi; Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi; ex-Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba and former Senate President, Sen. Ken Nnamani.
Similarly, Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello; his Jigawa State counterpart, Mohammed Badaru Abubakar; ex-Zamfara State governor, Sen. Ahmed Yerima; former Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu; former Imo State governor, Sen. Rochas Okorocha and former Ogun state governor, Sen. Ibikunle Amosu are also not left out.
This is the second time that the APC National Working Committee will shift the date of the presidential screening after it failed to hold last weekend.
Meanwhile, Mr David Umahi, the governor of Ebonyi State and Chairman of the South-East Governors’ Forum, decried insecurity in the South-East on Saturday, May 21.
He blamed the group for what he characterised as unnecessary politics among regional leaders.
Umahi also blamed Prof. George Obiozor-led Ohanaeze Ndigbo for the failure to politically resolve the case of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu; the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPoB.
He also claimed that the apex Igbo socio-cultural body refused to follow up on the South-East Governors’ discussions with President Muhammadu Buhari for a political solution to Kanu’s case.
The governor, speaking in Abakaliki while visiting members of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, NGE, expressed disappointment that extraneous politics had derailed all security and peace measures launched by authorities in the region.
Umahi responded that the South-East Governors are working together to address the region’s security difficulties as well as other areas of cooperation; but that each state has its own problems and objectives.
He said, “When it comes to security, I must tell you in all honesty, there is politics in our security situation in this region. Do we say all the governors are bonded towards tackling security challenges? The answer is no. There is extreme politics in this region, and it must stop for the sake of our people.”