NATIONAL Convention Screening Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Monday, commenced the screening of candidates vying for various offices in the National Convention of the party, holding in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on Wednesday.
A total of 57 candidates were screened during the exercise, which was conducted at the PDP state secretariat in Port Harcourt.
The screening committee was chaired by former Governor Gabriel Suswam of Benue State, with other members, including former governors Attahiru Bafarawa (Sokoto), Achike Udenwa (Imo) and Boni Haruna (Adamawa).
Other members were former Deputy Senate President Ibrahim Mantu, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe and former Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs Josephine Anenih, while Rivers State Attorney General, Emmanuel Aguma, SAN, was the secretary of the committee.
At the commencement of the exercise, the chairman of the committee, Dr Suswam disclosed that 57 candidates, who had purchased forms to contest elections in the various offices, would be screened.
Prominent among those screened on Monday a former PDP Deputy National chairman, Chief Bode George, former Minister of Education Minister, Professor Tunde Adeniran and chairman of Daar Communications Plc, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, who were all seeking to be the next national chairman of the party.
The three chairmanship candidates declared that they would accept the outcome of the National Convention, even as they pledged that their loyalty remain with the party.
They also declared that they would support the process to rebuild the former ruling party at the centre after the National Convention.