Governor Ben Ayade‘s anointed governorship aspirant in Cross River State, Bassey Otu has been disqualified by the screening committee of the All Progressives Congress.
It was gathered that Otu was disqualified by the committee for failing to provide proof of his educational qualifications.
The state governor had endorsed Otu to succeed him as governor of the state in 2023.
The Panel 1 Committee comprising DIG Suleiman D. Fakai (Rtd) as the Chairman; Hon Chidi Nwogu as the Committee Secretary and Ambassador Paul Oyiborume as a member, noted that Bassey could not produce his First School Leaving Certificate.
A document concerning his disqualification states, “Senator Bassey Edet Otu was disqualified by the screening Committee (Governorship). We also received a petition dated 14th May 2022 from Messrs B. I. Dakim & Co. against the nomination of Senator Bassey Ede Otu.
“The petition was brought on two grounds:
1) That the Respondent, Senator Bassey Edet Otu is an ex-convict
2)That the Respondent, Senator Bassey Edet Otu failed to make full disclosure of his educational qualifications.
“Aside from 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 WAEC (West African Examination Council). He could only produce his secondary school testimonial.
“In the circumstances, therefore, the Committee has no option but to declare this matter as inconclusive.”
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