By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa â€” Former militant leader, Joshua Maciver, and over two hundred other aspirants on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the chairman-ship positions in the original eight local government areas in Bayelsa State were, yesterday, screened for the April local government poll in the state.
Also cleared to contest in the 26 November primaries of the party in Yenagoa are the former President of Bayelsa Youth Federation, Comrade Nengi James, and the member of the State Peace and Conflict Resolution Committee, Chief Tiwei Timpa-Orumigha.
It was, however, not clear if the primaries will hold due to the crisis of confidence rocking the leadership of the party, currently having two factions and the legal action taken against the state Executive Committee of the party by the factional Chairman of the party over the legality of Chief Rufus Abadiâ€™s executive to constitute committees and to take decisions for the party,Â might worked against the primaries.
However, sources revealed yesterday that the primaries may go on as planned in view of the screening and planning being done.
It was gathered that each aspirants, including the ex-militant leader, paid N100,000 to procure forms and were screened.
It was also gathered that not all those who collected the forms were cleared, as board members in the state were disqualified due to their refusal to resign thirty days before the commencement of the screening as provided by the rules of the party.
According to a statement pasted on the partyâ€™s notice board, any aspirants occupying a position must resign thirty days before the primaries of the party.
This, according to the partyâ€™s screening committee, is not done by the board members and some members of the Ekeremor Development Authority.