Politics

PDP convention committee begins screening 33 aspirants for NWC offices

A member of the Board of Trustee (BOT) for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Prof Sam Oyovbaire, has described the reasons put forward for defection to All Progressives Congress (APC), by the three (3) PDP governors as baseless, illogical and untenable to the doctrines of democratic principles, norms and values.

The Screening Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has pledged to be fair to all aspirants, ahead of the 30 October national convention of the party.

Chairman of the Committee, Mohammed Adoke, gave the assurance while addressing journalists at the beginning of the screening on Wednesday in Abuja.

A total of 33 aspirants comprising 29 males and four females are vying for 21 elective offices in the National Working Committee (NWC) of the opposition party.

Mr Adoke, a former attorney general of the federation and minister of justice, described the assignment as crucial to the success of the party, “because it was the beginning of the process for electing credible Nigerians to steer the affairs of the party.”

He said Nigerians “had been waiting for a moment where committed democrats with a proven record of service would take over the affairs of the party”.

“Nigerians have been yearning for the kind of leadership and governance that our party has provided for the country.

“The screening process for the election of the national officers of our party marks the beginning of our collective efforts to once more, bestow credible and effective leadership for the country at all levels.

“We are conscious of the expectations of members of our party, especially the aspirants to the various elective positions for a free, fair, credible and transparent process.

“We, therefore assure you that we shall not only be guided by these ideals in the discharge of our duty but also, be meticulous in the observance of our party guidelines.

“We shall justify the confidence reposed in us and deliver on our mandate in the best interest of our country,” Mr Adoke said.

He said the committee would screen every aspirant who bought and submitted his or her form, adding that the exercise was expected to be concluded within 24 hours.

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