Ahead of next year’s elections, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has screened 17 presidential aspirants willing to run on the party’s platform in the 2023 elections, disqualifying two of them.
The former President of the Senate, David Mark screed all the 17 aspirants on Friday in Abuja.
The exercise commenced at around 10 am and ended at 5:30pm.
Those screened are former Vice President Atiku Abubakar; former Senate President Bukola Saraki; former Anambra Governor Peter Obi and Sokoto Governor, Aminu Tambuwal.
Also screened are; a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Pius Anyim; Bauchi Governor, Bala Mohammed; Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike; and Akwa Ibom Governor, Udom Emmanuel.
Others are renowned industrialist, Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa; Mohammed Hayatu-Deen; a United States-based medical doctor, Nwachukwu Anakwenze, Ovation Magazine publisher, Dele Momodu, Former Ekiti Governor, Ayo Fayose; Cosmos Ndukwe, Mr Charles Ugwu, Chikwendu Kalu and Tariele Diana Oliver.
The two aspirants that was disqualified would forfeit the 40 million they paid for the expression of interest and nomination forms.
The chairman of the presidential screening committee, Senator David Mark announced the disqualification of the two aspirants on Friday evening.
Mark, however, declined a request by journalists to reveal the identities of the affected aspirants and the reason(s) for their disqualification.
When asked if the screening committee made any recommendation to the party to refund the N80 million nomination fees paid by the aspirants, Mark said: “Why should the party refund the money?”