A day to convention, PDP begins screening of candidates

Kawu Baraje, chair, factional PDP

Less than 24 hours to its national convention, the Peoples Democratic Party has begun screening of candidates contesting for positions at the convention.

As part of the process, candidates were summoned late last night to complete and submit a new set of forms to a sub-committee of the convention planning commitee.

The screening proper will hold this morning at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, and there are suggestions some candidates might be disqualified.

Any disqualified candidate will have little or no time to appeal.

A candidate for the national secretary position, Oladimeji Fabiyi, confirmed the sudden call to appear for screening.

“I received a phone call at 10 p.m. last night asking me to pick a form at Wadata House where the national headquarter of the party is located,” Mr. Fabiyi said. “They also asked all aspirants to return the forms to the secretariat same night to enable the screening committee begin work.”

Premium Times investigations revealed that the decision to screen candidates at the eleventh hour might be connected with the outcome of the zonal congress of the party that took place last weekend across the country where some anointed candidates for party positions suffered setbacks.

Bamanga Tukur, the president’s preferred candidate for national chairmanship, was defeated by a relatively younger and less popular Musa Babayo, the immediate past secretary of the party. 

Chairman of the convention planning committee, Ojo Madueke, was not available for comments this morning.

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