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Kogi East Senatorial ticket: PDP disqualifies Okpanachi, Suleiman

The Democratic Party () National Committee in Kogi , has disqualified Ubolo Itodo and Aminu Suleiman from the Kogi East senatorial over various acts of misconduct.

The result of the screening exercise released on Thursday in Lokoja, the state capital, showed that while Isaac Alfa and Victor Adoji received the nod of the committee to proceed with their senatorial , Suleiman and Okpanachi were disqualified from the .

Suleiman was screened out because he is not a registered voter in the senatorial , and is therefore ineligible to participate in the senatorial election.

The committee is said to have noted that the fact of him not being eligible to or take part in an election in the senatorial district, automatically foreclosed his of from any vote cast in the district.

Suleiman, the committee further noted, has not voted for anyone in Kogi East and hence not qualified to run.

Okpanachi, on the other hand, was not because of his involvement in anti-party activities and a plethora of other challenging his legibility to contest.

He is alleged to be a mole of the All Progressives Congress (APC), a party he is said to have joined, and at some point was given an appointment on its .

Though the 2017 constitution of the PDP, as amended, allows members who defected from the party to return, such returning members are to fulfill certain conditions to be considered for elective positions, which in the estimation of the screening committee, Okpanachi has not fulfilled.

These conditions, as spelt out in Chapter 2, Part 1, subsections 16 and 17, of the party’s constitution, have to do with the procedures for rejoining the party, status of a decampee and other membership-related matters.

The disqualified aspirants, meanwhile, are said to have indicated interest in approaching the party’s screening appeals committee to seek redress, which if successful, could provide veritable grounds for litigation against the party in the future.

Meanwhile, out of the seven aspirants vying for the Kogi Central Senatorial seat, four including a former Senator, Ahmed Ogembe, were disqualified.

Similarly, an aspirant to the House of Representatives from the Idah Federal , Hon. Ismail Inah Hussein, was disqualified on the grounds of anti-party activities.

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