Four women are among the 33 aspirants are being screened for 21 positions in the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Two of the positions are naturally reserved for women: the National Women’s Leader and Deputy National Women’s Leader. The party has generated N63 million from the sale of expression of interest and nomination forms to the aspirants.
The five women aspirants only paid for expression of interest forms and got their nomination forms free, in line with the PDP’s constitution.
Prof. Stella Effa-Attoe and Mrs. Divine Amina Arong are jostling for the position of National Women’s Leader while Hajiya Amina Musa Tasallah is the sole contestant for Deputy Women’s Leader.
Mrs. Inna Ciroma is vying for the position of Deputy National Chairman (North) with a male contestant, Mallam Umar Damagum.
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Another woman, Mrs. Chibuogwu Benson-Oraelosi, is vying for the position of the National Auditor with Chief Okechukwu Obiechina Daniel.
The Nation had reported that former Osun State Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola; a former PDP National Secretary, Prof. Adewale Oladipo, and a former Oyo State Deputy Governor Taofeek Arapaja, were being screened for the position of the Deputy National Chairman (South).
Dr. Eddy Olafeso and Mr. Debo Ologunagba are in the race for the position of the National Publicity Secretary while Senator Samuel Anyanwu and Chief Okey Muo-Aroh are in the contest for National Secretary.
Of the nine deputy slots, only the Deputy National Secretary is being contested for by three aspirants while the remaining eight slots have a sole candidate each.
Three aspirants being screened for the position of Deputy National Secretary are: Setoji Kosheodo, Akintan Oludaisi and Adedeji Doherty.
Addressing reporters before the screening started, Chairman for the Screening Committee, Mr. Mohammed Bello Adoke, said the committee would conclude its assignment within 24 hours.
“I dare say that Nigerians have been waiting for a moment like this where committed democrats with proven record of service to the party and country will be elected to usher in a new lease of life in our party politics.
“Nigerians have been yearning for the kind of political leadership and governance that our party has overtime provided for the country.
“The screening process for the election of the national officers of our party marks the beginning of our collective efforts to once more bestow credible and effective leadership for the country at all levels. We cannot afford to fail.”
Also, there were indications last night that PDP governors have endorsed Senator Samuel Anyanwu as the consensus candidate for the position of National Secretary ahead of the party’s October 30, 31 national convention.
Anyanwu was sighted yesterday at a meeting of the party’s governors in company of the National Chairman-designate, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu.
The meeting, which was held at the Akwa Ibom Governor’s Lodge at Asokoro in Abuja, was believed to have ratified Anyanwu’s candidature as National Secretary.
Anyanwu and Ayu left the meeting before the meeting ended. The duo declined to address reporters as they walked briskly to their waiting cars and were driven away.
Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal explained Anyanwu’s presence when asked to comment on his mission at the meeting.
“No, no, no. They came for a private discussion with one or two governors. They had their private discussions and left. Thank you,” he said with a smile.
But the fate of former Osun State Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Prof. Oladipo, and Arapaja, the three candidates vying for the position of Deputy National Chairman (South) remained unknown.
Tambuwal said the meeting received briefing from Adamawa State Governor Ahmadu Fintiri, who is the Chairman of the Convention Planning/Organising Committee.