The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday screened former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar; Senate President, Bukola Saraki; Sokoto State governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal and ex-governor of Plateau State, Jonah Jang ahead of the October 6 convention of the party where its 2019 presidential candidate would emerge.
Others screened at the Legacy House in Abuja, were former governor of Kaduna State, Ahmed Makarfi; Founder of Baze University, Sen. Datti Baba-Ahmed; former Senate President, David Mark and former Sokoto State governor, Attahiru Bafarawa.
Saraki who was the first to be screened by the Namadi Sambo-led Committee described the exercise as commendable, saying it was a pointer to a credible primary.
Speaking through his media aide, Yusuf Olaniyan, Saraki said he was happy that the atmosphere at the screening portrayed fairness and friendliness both from the aspirants and the screening committee.
Speaking with newsmen shortly after his screening, former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar described the exercise as well-done and counselled the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to declare PDP winner of last Saturday’s governorship election in Osun state.
“We won Osun. All this grammar that INEC is speaking; they are wasting their time. I will be there tomorrow,” he said.
Tambuwal also said, “INEC should do the honourable thing and the honourable thing is to declare the PDP winner. It has happened before and INEC declared the winner of those elections. It is only incumbent on INEC to come out clearly and give the mandate to the candidate of our party, Senator Ademola Adeleke.”
Senator David Mark also called on the commission to declare the PDP winner of the election.
Similarly, the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) in a statement today by its spokesman, Ikenga Ugochinyere, alleged that INEC was plotting to manipulate the results of the Osun governorship election, and called on the commissioned to declare the PDP winner