Finally, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) 96th National Executive Committee (NEC) has thrown open the contest for the party’s 2023 presidential ticket.
TheNewsGuru .com, (TNG) reports PDP’s position was made known during the party’s NEC meeting, Wednesday, in Abuja.
Also, ahead of the party’s National Convention to elect the party’s presidential candidate, the NEC appointed former President of the Senate, David Mark to Chair the Convention Committee.
The presidential primary is billed for Eagles Square on May 28 and 29 following the sale of forms and screening of aspirants.
After paying N41million for the expression of interest and nomination forms, each of the 17 aspirants was screened, 15 were cleared and two were disqualified.
Aspirants screened include Ex-Vice President, Abubakar Atiku; two ex-Presidents of the Senate, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, and Anyim Pius Anyim; Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum and current Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal; his Bauchi State counterpart, Senator Bala Mohammed and businessman, Mohammed Hayatu-Deen.
Others are Governors Nyesom Wike, Emmanuel Udom, of Rivers and Akwa Ibom states respectively; former Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi; his Ekiti State counterpart, Ayodele Fayose; Chief Sam Ohunabunwa; Dele Momodu; Olivia Tarela, who is the only female among them; Charles Okwudili, Chikwendu Kalu; and Cosmos Ndukwe.
TNG recalls the main opposition party in Nigeria the PDP after several consultations decided to hold the bull by its horns by declaring the presidential race open to all zones.