The All Progressives Congress (APC) has screened out the Minister of Communication, Adebayo Shittu, for its governorship primaries.
Shittu, who is seeking the party’s governorship candidate in Oyo State, was screened out of the primary for not having a National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) certificate.
The National Working Committee of the party took the decision based on the report of the party’s Governorship Aspirants Screening Committee, the APC said in a statement.
Another high-profile aspirant to be denied clearance is the Minister of Women Affairs, Senator Aisha Alhassan, who is bidding to clinch the party’s ticket in the Taraba governorship election.
While no reason was given for denying her the ticket, the Women Affairs Minister had however generated controversy in 2017 when a video of her visit to a former Vice President Atiku Abubakar went viral.
She later told the BBC Hausa Services that even if President Muhammadu Buhari seeks a second term, she would still support Abubakar.
Others who were not cleared for the APC governorship candidates are Osiobe Eric Okotie (Delta), Ejikeme Ugwu (Enugu), Ibrahim Mohammed Mera (Kebbi), Danladi Envulu-Anza Halilu (Nasarawa), and Abubakar Mamma Jiya Maaji (Niger).