The All Progressives Congress Election Appeal Committee for Saturday’s governorship primaries in Edo State said it would overturn the result if allegations against the candidate were true.
The Chairman of the committee, Opeyemi Bamidele, who stated this while addressing newsmen at the party’s secretariat in Abuja in Friday, said the allegations in the petition to the committee against Godwin Obaseki, who emerged the party’s candidate at the primaries were weighty and would be thoroughly handled.
Kenneth Imansuagbon and Dr. Chris Ogiemwonyi, two out of the 11 aspirants who lost to Obaseki in the primaries, petitioned the appeals committee, alleging irregularities in the exercise.
It would be recalled that the committee that conducted the primaries was headed by Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State, who announced that the process and poll were credible and fair.
Bamidele said: “Cancelling the primaries is not something we will blink an eye to do if necessary. Forensic experts will be invited. It is not about any individual.
“It is about the party, about the electoral process. We want to be able to say integrity was not compromised in the whole process. It is also not about the number of petitioners but about the issues.
“They raised very sensitive issues. We cannot submit a report until a manual forensic analysis of the ballot papers have been carried out.
“The issue of integrity in electoral process is one that should be taken seriously.
“Justice in this matter must be done and transparently done.”
Other members of the committee are Ekwy Onyido and Alhaji Mustapha Salisu.