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Jonathan, Atiku appear before PDP screening panel

THE Peoples Democratic Party, PDP will today Screen its Presidential aspirants to get the party’s flagbearer for the April Presidential election.

Those to appear before the Ambassador  Aminu  Wali led 10 –member  Screening Committee are President  Goodluck  Jonathan, former  vice-President  Atiku  Abubakar ,  Mrs Sarah Jibril and Alhaji  Aminu  Dutsima  from  Katsina  state  and thereafter present themselves before the delegates at the Eagle square, Thursday, January 13th, 2011.

Meanwhile, one  of  the  presidential aspirants,  former  Vice-President,  Atiku  Abubakar  has  raised  an  alarm  that  the  Presidential  Screening  Panel  list  was  not  what  the  party’s  National  Working  Committee  (NWC)  agreed  on  at  its  meeting.

Atiku’s  campaign  organization  said  that  the  list  was  imposed  on  the  national  chairman  of  the party,  Dr.  Okwesilieze  Nwodo  by  President  Jonathan  and  former  President  Olusegun  Obasanjo  to  influence  the outcome  of  the  primaries.

But when contacted to react, the Special assistant to the National Chairman, Ike  Abonyi  who denied  the  allegation stressed that  the  Atiku  campaign  was  only  trying  to play  politics  with  the  list.

According to him,  “Only  the  NWC  of  the  party  is  vested  with  the  responsibility  to  appoint  such  panels  and it  was  done  by  the  august  body.  If  any  NWC  member  is  protesting  the  composition  of  the  panel  as  they  allege,  let  that  member  own  up  publicly  and  address  the  press  on  the  matter”.

PDP  had  late  on  Saturday  released  a  10-member  list  of  Presidential  Screening  Panel  to  be  chaired  by  former  ambassador  Aminu  Wali.

Other  members  of  the  panel  are  Chief  Innocent  Nwoga,  Senator  C. K. Awoyelu,  Chief  Franklin  Adonkumoh,  Alhaji  Ibrahim  Abba  Gubio,  Ambassador  Bashir  Yuguda,  Dr.  Nuhu  Zagbayi,  Hajia  Zainab  Maina, and  Mrs.  Linda  Douglas  Nwibani,  while  Chief  Sylvester  Okonkwo  will  serve  as  the  secretary.

The  panel  and  that  of  the  special  national  convention  panel  will  be  inaugurated  today  at  the  party  headquarters  by  the  national  chairman,  Dr.  Nwodo.


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