The National Chairman of the All Progressive Party, Adams Oshiomhole, has explained why the party had to disqualify Aisha Alhassan and Adebayo Shittu.
Aisha Alhassan is the minister for women affairs and Social development while Adebayo Shittu is the minister of communication.
According to Oshiomhole, both of them had to be disqualified so as to remain consistent with the party’s values.
Both of them had wanted to run for the Governorship of their respective states ahead of the APC primaries.
Oshiomhole zeroed in on Shittu, stating that his failure to complete the compulsory NYSC program was a huge red flag.
As for Minister Alhassan, “she has issues that have to do with party loyalty. Our constitution is clear and it dictates that to contest elections or even hold office in the APC, you must be loyal to the party in every material concern.” said the APC leader
Oshiomhole added: “From all she had said in the past and even her comments and general attitude during the screening, the NWC reviewed everything taken together and we arrived at the conclusion that she does not possess the level of loyalty that the APC requires for her to contest elections on our platform.
“We made it clear when the defections happened that the APC may well benefit from these defections if it helps us to be more critical in terms of whom we give platform to contest elections and that there are core values that binds the APC together and they are non-negotiable.
“The Electoral Act and the APC constitution forbid anyone from being a member of more than one political party at a time. You cannot be a member of APC and be a card carrying member of another party but when you have a situation where it would appear, based on what you know and based on what I know that someone is probably APC in the day time maybe for the purpose of retaining certain offices and they are PDP at heart.”