The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has set up a committee to screen all candidates aspiring to contest for positions at the national convention of the party scheduled for the March 24 in Abuja.
According to a press release from the office of the acting National Chairman, Abubakar Kawu Baraje, “the screening is in line with the principle of due process laid down by the party’s Constitution”.
The release noted that the screening committee was set up by the national working committee (NWC) and membership would be unveiled soon while the list of screened aspirants would be released three days before the national convention.
The screening will take place about a week earlier.
Mr. Baraje promised that the party would adhere strictly to due process before and during the national convention. He also said that it would be in the best interest of the respective aspirants to familiarize themselves with the rules governing the conduct of the exercise.
“By now, our party members know who I am as far as complying with rules and regulations is concerned. They also know that this NWC will not accept anything less than the rules and regulations guiding the conduct of our elections into party offices. We have been displaying the rules at the venues of the various congresses conducted so far across the nation,” he said.
Mr. Baraje affirmed the other conditions aspirants must comply with.
Aspirants must be card-carrying members as well as financial members of the part and have proven integrity and experience, he said.
Mr. Baraje said that those presently holding any position within or outside the party must follow the necessary procedures to allow them vie for party offices at the national convention.
“Strict emphasis will be placed on the position of the party guiding the acceptable behaviour of aspirants or candidates for elective positions and the true identities of the aspirants will be ascertained by the screening committee including their antecedents,” Mr. Baraje stated.
The acting national chairman also spoke on petitions emanating from aggrieved persons over the just concluded Ward and Local Government Congresses.
He advised them to forward their complaints to appeal panel committees set up for that purpose, noting that the party will not entertain petitions that are not routed through the established channel of communication.
“We accept only petitions that follow due process. Those not received by the appeal panel committees will not be given attention in Abuja. This is what we mean by due process,” he said.