The All Progressives Congress (APC) Screening Committee has disqualified Bassey Otu, a former senator who represented Cross River South, from contesting in the party’s governorship primary.
Governor of Cross River Ben Ayade had endorsed the former senator as the governorship candidate for the APC in the forthcoming primary.
Oracle News Today learned that the panel disqualified Out because of his alleged inability to provide proof of his educational qualifications.
It was learned that some APC members had petitioned the screening committee, alleging that Otu had been convicted of fraud and is not qualified to run for office.
The petitioners also alleged that the former senator failed to make full disclosure of his educational qualifications.
The panel, in its decision, said there was no evidence to substantiate the allegation of a criminal conviction, but added that the governorship aspirant could only produce his secondary school testimonial for clearance.
“Bassey Ede Otu was disqualified by the screening committee (governorship),” the document reads.
“We also received a petition dated 14th May 2022 from Messrs B.I Dakum & Co. against the nomination of Senator Bassey Ede Otu. The petition was brought on two grounds: (1) That the respondents, Senator Bassey Edet Otu is an ex-convict; (2) That the respondent, Senator Bassey Edet failed to make full disclosure of his educational qualifications.
“Aside this petition, there is no other appeal or petition regarding any other nomination.
“The committee, after due scrutiny of the content of the petition and the supporting documents, found no evidence to substantiate the allegation of conviction of the aspirant before any court of law.
“However, with regards to the allegation of his questionable academic credentials, the subject could neither produce his first school leaving certificate nor his WASC.
“He could only produce his secondary school testimonial. In the circumstances, therefore, the committee has no option than to declare this matter as inconclusive.”
The document was signed by Suleiman Fakai, Chidi Nwogu, and Paul Oyiborume — chairman, secretary and member of the committee, respectively.