By Jon Egie

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The aspirant, Rev Francis Ejiroghene Waive

One of the aspirants for the Udu/Ughelli Federal constituency, Rev Ejiorghene Francis Waive has said that he is one and the same person who bears the name of Ejiro Waive.

He was responding to a petition to the Chairman of the Appeal Panel, APC (South-South) by a group known as Actualization Movement for Udu/Ughellli Federal Constituency, which requested investigation of the documents submitted by the aspirant.

According to the petition which was signed by Jude Ighovwini (Chairman), Kenneth Oyowu (Sec) and Comrade Israel Okoro (PRO) and made available to journalists in Ughelli, the group observed that the aspirant whose qualifying certificate presented and attached to his nomination and expression of intent form with the name Ejiro Francis Waive was inconsistent with the name contained in his declaration of birth as sworn before the Lagos state Register of births and deaths in 1966 that bears the name Ejiro Waive.

The group pointed out that the aspirant, Ejiro Francis Waive, did not attest to facts verifying his status, contrary to item 7 and 8 of APC guideline for nomination of candidates and more worrisome, “he did not swear to an affidavit as to change of name and or, his true name as contained in the various certificates attached to his nomination form neither did he apply for a waiver as provided by Article 31 of the APC constitution as amended.”

The group therefore requested the Appeal Panel to urgently investigate the allegation and if the aspirant was found wanting he should be sanctioned and disqualified from participating in the APC primary election for the House of Reps in the constituency.

But responding to the claims of the petitioner, Rev Ejiro Francis Waive said he is one and the same person who bears the name of Ejiro Waive.

“My documents are all genuine and I am eminently qualified to contest the APC primary election for the House of Reps”.

He said the attempt to disqualify him was mooted by a co-aspirant who made futile efforts right from Abuja to have him not screened for the election and that the suspected fellow aspirant embarked on the venture because he knew “I am the man to beat”.

He said he did not attach an affidavit of change of name because he did not change his name and everyone in Urhobo land knows that Ejiro is the same name as Ejiroghene.

For him, the petition was just an attempt to distract him from focus on the race but “I urge all my supporters not to lose hope because I am still in the race”.

He revealed that at Abuja, the screening panel was aware of the mischief perpetrated by the fellow aspirant who master minded the theft of the file containing his documents but was later made available after the intervention of top hierarchy of the party, a development that prompted the screening panel to write a letter to the National Chairman of the party, HE Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, to investigate the matter of theft of his documents.

He said he was not disturbed by the petition because, “I am the candidate to beat so I am not perturbed”.