The Peoples Democratic Party [PDP] has set up a sub-committee comprising members of its National Working Committee [NWC] to consider the application for waiver by some of the aspirants seeking to run for the office of Governor of Adamawa state in the October 11 bye-election.
Those who applied for waiver include former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission [EFCC] Nuhu Ribadu; former military administrator of Lagos state, Buba Marwa; and Markus Gundiri, the governorship candidate of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria [ACN] in the 2011 election.
Addressing newsmen shortly after the NWC meeting, which ended at about 8 p.m on Wednesday, the National Organising Secretary, Abubakar Mustapha, said the leadership of the party was still looking into the waiver application and had decided to set up a committee for that purpose.
The committee, he said, is headed by himself as Chairman, while members include the National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh; National Legal Adviser, Victor Kwon; and National Financial Secretary, Bolaji Anani Screening postponed Prior to Mr. Mustapha’s announcement, the NWC had said all the governorship aspirants would undergo screening by a separate committee on Thursday.
He however said on Wednesday that the exercise had been moved to Saturday.
He said his committee on waiver would also submit its report to the NWC on Friday after which the list of members of the screening committee would also be released same day.
“Since a committee has been set up to look into the waiver application. The names of the screening panel Committee will be released on Friday, but the screening will take place on Saturday. The waiver committee will submit its report on Friday.”
Throwing more light on the development, the spokesperson for the party, Olisa Metuh, said the screening of the aspirants was shifted to Saturday to accommodate the outcome of the report of the waiver committee.