- The PDP ended its screening exercise for presidential aspirants on Friday, April 29, in a note not so palatable for some party members
- During the screening on Friday, the David Mark-led panel disqualified two aspirants but did not disclose their names
- Mark, speaking to a journalist who asked him if the money for the nomination forms paid by the aspirants will be refunded replied by questioning why that should be
Abuja - Two of the 17 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirants have been disqualified by the opposition's screening committed chaired by David Mark.
The Nation reports that both aspirants whose names were withheld are to forfeit the N80 million with which they bought the expression of interest and nomination forms.
Mark announced the development after the screening exercise on Friday, April 29, Daily Trust added.
Asked if the committee made any recommendation to the PDP to refund the funds to the aspirants, Mark responded:
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“Why should the party refund the money?”
However, in a Punch publication, Mark was quoted to have that the report of the panel will be forwarded to the National Working Committee (NWC) for consideration later in the night.
Leadership quotes him as responding to a question on the identities of the disqualified aspirants thus:
“We’ve been very thorough this time around. See how much time we’ve taken to screen each individual who has been here. We screened 17 aspirants, which is quite a number. We cleared 15, two have not been cleared.
“Now don’t ask me those who have been cleared and those who have not been cleared because I won’t tell you. We haven’t released the result to them. So if you ask question in that direction, you’re wasting time.
"I think on the whole, that’s what we’ve done. And we’re quite satisfied with the standard of the aspirants by and large. And we think that any ne of them who gets the ticket would win the election in 2023.”
2023: Peter Obi reveals what he’ll do if his PDP presidential bid fails
Meanwhile, in a build-up to the presidential primaries of the PDP, the screening exercise of aspirants had commenced in earnest.
Former governor of Anambra state, Peter Obi who is seeking the presidential ticket of the PDP earlier Friday, April 29 appeared before the screening committee of the PDP.
Obi while speaking on the screening process stated that the screening was excellent and that it comprise of veteran and experienced party members.
Meanwhile, while reacting to the conversation on zoning the presidency to the southeast region, Obi stated that he will abide by the decision of the party and that the decision of the party is supreme.
Obi who was also asked about his chances of toppling the likes of Governor Nyesom Wike, Atiku Abubakar, and Bukola Saraki, conceded that the determinant will be the delegates who will be present at the primaries to vote.
2023: PDP only credible party to rescue Nigeria, says Bukola Saraki
A presidential aspirant under the PDP, Dr. Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday, April 27 said the PDP was the only credible political party that would truly rescue Nigeria from the plethora of challenges inhibiting its sustainable development.
Saraki disclosed this in an interview with Government House correspondents shortly after paying a private visit to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.