• Adamu to chair APC presidential screening committee
• Mutes over date, venue of screening of presidential aspirants
‘Seun Ibukun-Oni, Abuja
Daily Courier – President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday began to meet with the presidential aspirants of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in a bid to prune the long list of contenders for the plum job.
Presidential aspirants who submitted their nomination forms include Vice President Yemi Osibanjo; APC national leader, Bola Tinubu; former President Goodluck Jonathan; former minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi and former minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Sen. Godswill Akpabio.
Cross River State governor, Ben Ayade; Ebonyi State governor, Dave Umahi; Ekiti State governor, Kayode Fayemi; former minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba and former Senate President, Sen. Ken Nnamani.
Others include Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello; his Jigawa State counterpart, Mohammed Badaru Abubakar; former Zamfara State governor, Ahmed Yerima; former minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation, Ogbonnaya Onu; former Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha and former Ogun state governor, Sen. Ibikunle Amosu.
Sources said the meeting discussed the possibilities of reaching consensus among the aspirants and how to get the full-proof commitment of all aspirants not to rock the boat of the party ahead of next year’s election.
Meanwhile, the National Working Committee (NWC) has drawn the list of members of the Presidential Screening Committee to President Muhammadu Buhari today (Tuesday).
Daily Courier gathered that the Presidential Screening Committee (PSC) will be chaired by the national chairman of the party, senator Abdullahi Adamu.
It was gathered that the committees were ratified by NWC at its meeting yesterday and would be made public as soon as it gets the approval of the president.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has postponed the screening of its presidential aspirants earlier slated for Monday, May 23, 2022.
Some national dailies (Daily Courier not included) have hinted on Monday, that the party will be screening the presidential aspirants, who obtained nomination forms, on Tuesday, May 24, and Wednesday, May 25 at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja.
The party had on Sunday postponed the screening for a second time after it failed to hold last weekend without giving any reason for the shift.
Daily Courier, however, learnt from the national publicity secretary Felix Morka that the earlier postponement stands.
It may not be unconnected with ongoing efforts to prune the number of presidential aspirants seeking the party’s presidential ticket.