Pally Iriase

Former Deputy Chief Whip Pally Iriase on Friday said the All Progressives Congress, APC screening Committee that sent Governor Obaseki out of the Edo governorship race should be applauded for saving democracy in Nigeria.

Iriase a former deputy speaker and former Secretary to the Edo State Government and a think tank of APC in 2015 hailed the screening Committee for towing the line of democracy not minding whose ox is gored.

In a chat with journalists in Abuja the former two-term Lawmaker said: “Coincidentally, today is June 12, the day that the APC screening Committee sent the right signals that nobody is above the law and there’s nothing like the sacred cow again in our great party, APC.

“As I speak with you, there is spontaneous jubilation in several parts of Edo State, including the Government House.

“The screening Committee did a wonderful job after screening all the credentials of Obaseki and discovered his HSC claim and his National Youth Service Corps, NYSC discharged certificate had k-legs. Imagine, they discovered the corky and wicked fellow had only 3 credits in WASC and was governing an educationally advanced Edo State.

“So many discrepancies were seen in his CV but visibly seen was his NYSC and his claims to have graduated in 1979 without providing evidence of how he qualified for a degree programme.

“The committee has proven that truly there are still men of courage and honor in our party as no man is above God as showcased by Obaseki who has been destroying properties of perceived political enemies in Edo.

Adding that “here’s a governor who applied the doctrine of crabology and jackboots politics in Edo State.

“He sent 14 lawmakers out of the Edo State legislative chambers for one full year not minding the families of such lawmakers who must have spent fortunes to win elections in a Niger Delta State like Edo.

“For almost four years he collected over N350billion from the centre and IGR without anything meaningful on ground to show in Edo State.

“Obaseki must give account of how he expended Edolites money as we progress to a new and a better Edo State by the grace of God.”