The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has screened 33 candidates seeking election into the office of the national chairman and other various positions in the party’s national convention.
The aspirants were examined on Wednesday in Abuja by the screening committee led by a former Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Mohammed Adoke.
According to him, the committee hopes to finish the exercise within a day to enable enough time for the appeal committee to do its job.
Adoke, who is also a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), vowed that the committee would not succumb to external influence to force an aspirant out or in for the contest.
The PDP governorship candidate in Ondo State and SAN, Eyitayo Jegede, is the deputy chairman of the committee.
The screening exercise took place a week after PDP leaders from the North held a consensus meeting ahead of the party’s national convention scheduled to hold on October 30 and 31.
The meeting held on Wednesday last week at the Bauchi State Governor’s Lodge in Abuja was convened to trim down the number of candidates contesting in the convention.
Former Senate President Iyorchia Ayu had emerged as a consensus candidate for the chairmanship position when party leaders in the north-central region previously held a similar meeting.
On September 9, the PDP National Executive Committee (NEC) set up a national zoning committee to zone national offices to be contested by all party members