By VINCENT UJUMADU
AWKA — Former Secretary to Anambra State Government, SSG, Mr. Oseloka Obaze, who was among those disqualified by the screening panel of All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, for the November 16 governorship election, has blamed external forces on the outcome of the exercise.
According to him, what happened in Abuja was beyond the party.
Obaze was disqualified for not possessing INEC voter’s card and even when he submitted one to the appeal panel set up by the party after he was registered in the ongoing verification in the state, the panel refused to accept it.
Going down memory lane on what led to the disqualification, Obaze said: “I was outside the country when all previous voters’ registrations were done. The exercise is supposed to be a continuous exercise, but this has not been happening.
“For me, I was waiting for the registration to begin, but APGA’s date for the submission of forms came before the commencement of the exercise..
“Because INEC did not start the exercise before the deadline for the submission of APGA form came, I explored the possibility of registering outside the state, but the condition is that I should register in my ward where I will vote.
“So, while completing the nomination form, I filled ‘No’ where it was asked if I have a voter’s card and that was it. I went on appeal committee which I believe had 48 hours window but unfortunately, it fell on weekend.”