Five Presidential aspirants under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Muhammadu Buhari, Atiku Abubakar, Rabi’u Musa Kwankwas o, Rochas Okorocha and Sam Nda Isiah have undergone screening preparatory to the Presidential primaries scheduled for December 10.
Addressing reporters yesterday, Chairman of the screening committee, Dr. Ogbunnaya Onu said the committee will in the course of their assignment put into consideration the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, that of the party and the Electoral Act, 2010.
“We want to produce a candidate that will effect change in the country, a candidate that will be able to address the problems confronting our nation. So, in screening our aspirants, we will attach a lot of importance to the manifesto of the party.
“We will sensitize the aspirants on the urgent need of the moment; security, the economy, job creation, foreign policy and corruption. We believe that those who will be successful in this exercise will now be presented to our national convention that will be coming in the next few days and a candidate will emerge from there. It is only those we deem qualified that will emerge successful at the end of the exercise. We will present certificate to those who scaled through the exercise.
“We want to be sure of all aspirants of the party that will deserve to be presented to our delegates at the national convention and must undertake to abide by the rules and regulations of our great party, the nomination guidelines, the manifesto, the electoral act and the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“We would also want every aspirant to give us a commitment because only one will become the candidate, that at the end of the national convention, when the candidate emerges, that all others will support that person and will support the party to ensure that the party will be successful in the presidential election of February 14, 2015.
“We would also want every aspirant that will be successful of the screening to give a commitment that at the end of the exercise, including the aspirant that will become the candidate of the party, that they will collapse the structures the now have into the party so that the party will become united and move in the same direction for the success of the party in the forth coming presidential elections”.
According to Onu, all aspirants must commit themselves to adhere strictly to the manifesto of the party should they become the candidate and eventually, by the will of God, become President elect and President of the federal republic of Nigeria.
“Nigerians want change; the APC was formed to effect that change and we believe that whosoever becomes our candidate and wins to become president must abide by our manifesto so that Nigerians will know that really, there has been a change and that the problems of the party were there not because they cannot be solved, but because the proper leadership has not been put in place.
The Presidential screening committee has Chief Ogbunnaya Onu (Abia) as it chairman, while Ambassador Fatima Balla (Adamawa) as secretary. Other members includes former governor of Kwara State, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, (Kwara), Ambassador Baba Ahmed Jidda, (Borno), Mr. Mataimaki Tom Maiyashi, (Kaduna), Dr. Sam Jaja, (Rivers), Dr. Tunji Abayomi (Ondo), and Prof Denis Ogboho.