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Wike, Fintiri to lead PDP campaign ahead Edo governorship election

By Idowu Abdullahi

Governors Nyesom Wike and Umar Fintiri of Rivers and Adamawa states respectively have been appointed by the National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to lead its campaign council ahead of the forthcoming governorship election in Edo State.

While Wike is to head the campaign council, Fintiri will serve as the deputy campaign chairman.

In a terse statement released on Friday through its social media page, the PDP NWC said the constitution of the council was to ensure a seamless gubernatorial campaign in the state.

The Edo governorship election is billed to holds on September 19 with the incumbent Governor Godwin Obaseki who recently defected from All Progressives Congress to PDP will be facing his main challenger, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the flagbearer of APC during the poll.

Meanwhile, the PDP screening committee for the October 10 election governorship election in Ondo State has disqualified two aspirants after it cleared no fewer than seven contenders.

The party’s screening committee Chairman, Yakubu Dogara, who explained the rationale behind the committee decision said the aspirants were disqualified after failing the required test.

Dogora, who was the immediate past Speaker of the House of Representatives, while briefing newsmen said the exigency of the process necessitated a thorough screening exercise to ensure the party presents a capable contender in all form.

“We applied the tools that we have and the guidelines given to us. Unfortunately, I am not happy to report that two of our aspirants failed the litmus test.

“We took time to painstakingly go through every claim made by the aspirants and the documents they submitted. The intention is that anybody who passes through the screening would have been satisfied with it, so much that there would be no need to challenge it,” he said.

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