PDP Shifts Screening Of Governorship Aspirants

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has shifted the screening of the 14 governorship aspirants billed for tomorrow Thursday, in Abuja, to Saturday. No reason was given for the postponement. The party said the names of those who will screen the aspirants would be made known on Friday.

Meanwhile, PDP leadership was unable to decide on whether or not to grant waiver to some governorship aspirants from Adamawa State, who cross-carpeted recently to the PDP from the opposition party.

It noted that the granting of waiver will enable the aspirants, who applied for it to participate in the screening exercise ahead the party’s primaries in September 6.

Section 50 (9) of the party constitution makes it clear, that a person shall only be illegible to stand for election into any public office having being a member of the party for a minimum of two years, unless the appropriate executive committee gives a waiver or rules to the contrary.

Former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and one time Presidential Candidate of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria in the 2011 Presidential election, Nuhu Ribadu, the former Military Administrator of Lagos and Borno states, Buba Marwa and the former governorship candidate of the ACN in the 2011 election, Marcus Gundiri, have all applied for the waiver.

An ad hoc committee has been set up to look into the issue of waiver.

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