BY HENRY UMORU
ABUJA—AHEAD of this week’s March 15 primary election of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, the party’s screening Committee, weekend, screened 16 aspirants, cleared 15 and disqualified one of the male aspirants, just as the five member committee would submit its report to the party’s National Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Muazu today.
Vanguard gathered at the end of the exercise held on Saturday which started as early as 10 am and ended 8:15 pm that the committee that has the Senate Majority Leader, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba as Chairman, cleared former Governor Ayodele Fayose, immediate past Minister of Police Affairs, Navy Captain Caleb Olubolade, Gbenga Aluko, Adedayo Adeyeye, and 11 others, and disqualified one following his failure to produce evidence of dues paid to the party.
At the end of next Saturday’s primary election where a candidate would emerge for the party, the party’s standard bearer would then square up with the incumbent governor, Kayode Fayemi of the All Progressives Congress for the June 21 Ekiti State Governorship election.
Meanwhile, there was a mild drama at the Wadata plaza when Senator Ndoma-Egba-led screening committee sent home one of the aspirants, Mrs. Bolarinwa Oloyede, saying that her name was not among the 16 names sent to the Committee to screen, adding the mandate of the Committee was to attend to the names sent to it and not anyone outside the list, even as he stressed that the Committee did not have before it her documentation.
But explaining her ordeal, Mrs. Oloyede said that she could not meet up with last Thursday deadline for the submission of expression of interest form ahead of yesterday screening exercise because of the lingering fuel scarcity in the country where she had to queue for fuel in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State capital for four hours last Thursday, adding that she rushed to Lagos to catch a flight to Abuja but could not meet up.
Prior to the commencement of the screening exercise, Senator Ndoma-Egba who addressed the aspirants disclosed that the committee would give all a level playing field, would be transparent as well as carry out a thorough assignment, just as he said that the committee would be guided by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the PDP’ s constitution and the guideline of the party. He also commended the aspirants, describing them as the party’s engine room, adding that whoever emerges would reclaim the state from Governor Kayode Fayemi.
The Senate Majority Leader further disclosed that his Committee would submit its report today.