The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Assembly screening committee disqualified six senatorial candidates in Kogi state, including Ubolo Itodo Okpanachi and Aminu Abubakar Suleiman. Itodo Okpanachi and Aminu Abubakar Suleiman were disqualified from the Kogi East senate election on Thursday, April 28 due to alleged misbehavior.
Suleiman was screened out by the Lokoja screening committee because he is not a registered voter in the senatorial area and hence cannot vote in the upcoming senate election.
Suleiman was also judged on the fact that he had never voted in Kogi East.
Okpanachi was accused of working as a stooge for the All Progressives Congress (APC), where he was supposedly appointed.
Though the PDP's constitution allows members who defected from the party to return, they must first achieve certain criteria before being considered for an elective post, which Okpanachi had not met as of the time he was screened. Ahmed Ogembe, a former federal lawmaker running for the Kogi Central Senatorial seat, was also dropped.
In addition, Ismail Inah Hussein, a House of Representatives candidate from the Idah Federal Constituency, was withdrawn due to anti-party activity. The disqualified candidates have expressed an interest in seeking redress through the party's screening appeals committee.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.