- Sambo, Dogara, others on screening team
By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja
Immediate past Vice President, Architect Nnamadi Sambo, Speaker House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara and former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chief Tom Ikimi are among those who will today screen the 12 presidential aspirants contesting for the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the 2019 general elections.
The screening is scheduled to take place at the national secretariat of the PDP popularly referred to as Wadata Plaza, Abuja.
The Presidential screening committee has Sambo as its chairman and Mr. Emmanuel Udom, governor of Akwa Ibom as secretary.
Other members of the committee are Dr. Okwesileze Nwodo, Dr. Iyorcha Ayu, Hajiya Marian Ciroma, Dr (Mrs) Kema Chikwe, Dr. Haliru Bello and Chief Ebenezer Babatope.
Aspirants who have returned their expression of interests and nomination forms are, former vice president Atiku Abubakar, former governor of Kano State, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, former governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, former governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa, former governor of Plateau State, Senator Jonah Jang, Kabiru Tanimu Turaki, former Senate President, David Mark, incumbent Senate President Bukola Saraki, Baze University proprietor Dr. Datti Baba Ahmed, Gombe State governor, Ibrahim Damkwanbo, Sokoto State governor, Aminu Tambuwal and Mr Stanley Osifo.
The party also created avenue for any aspirant to express his disagreement with the outcome of the screening committee exercise by constituting an appeal panel to be headed by party national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus and national secretary, Senator. Umaru Tsauri as secretary.
The appeal panel will sit on Wednesday, September 26 at the party’s presidential campaign office, Legacy House, Maitama, Abuja.
Other members of the panel are remaining members of the National Working Committee (NWC), Prof.A.B.C. Nwosu, Dr.Peter Odili, Amb. Polycap Azige, Hajiya Zainab Maina and Mustapha Yar’Adua.