BY HENRY UMORU
ABUJA—AHEAD of August 24 Anambra State primary election of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, the leadership of the party yesterday made a u-turn and cleared Tony Nwoye and Ugochukwu Okeke who were earlier disqualified by the screening committee.
With Nwoye and Okeke now given the go ahead to contest the primary election, the number has now swelled to 15, with the 13 earlier cleared for the election.
Speaking with newsmen, Chairman, screening appeal panel and former governor of Zamfara State, Alhaji Mahmud Aliyu Shinkafi, disclosed that four disqualified governorship aspirants appeared before the committee, following their not being cleared by the committee due to unresolved tax issues.
Shinkafi, who noted that Onwuanyi Afamefuna Damian and Sylvester Okonkwo were not cleared, said they had issues with tax papers and were vulnerable to the PDP, adding that it might not augur well for the party to present a candidate with issues that could be used against its candidate by the opposition.
According to Shinkafi, the unlucky aspirants have agreed to work with the party irrespective of the outcome of the screening where they were locked out of the race having collected Expression of Interest and Nomination forms for N11 million, adding that there were other openings for them like ministerial, ambassadorial, board membership appointments, among others.
He said that before the resolution of the panel, the aspirants were invited to come and present their papers with a view to tidying up the papers.