The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has began screening of its governorship aspirants for Kogi and Bayelsa governorship elections billed to hold on November 16, 2019.
The exercise which held simultaneously at two different venues drew a mammoth crowd of supporters who thronged the venues singing praises of whoever brought them to do their bidding.
While aspirants from Bayelsa were undergoing screening at the party’s National Secretariat, Wadata Plaza, those from Kogi were screened at Legacy House, the party’s presidential campaign office in the Maitama district of Abuja.
Speaking separately with newsmen after going through the screening, the aspirants expressed satisfaction in the exercise and thanked the leadership of the party for the thoroughness of the process.
Immediate past governor of Kogi state, Capt. Idris Wada (retd), who was the first aspirant to be screened, described the exercise as satisfactory.
The lawmaker representing Kogi West, Senator Dino Melaye also spoke in like manner, saying he has all the qualities required to make a successful governor.
Another aspirant from Kogi, Muhammed Tetes, pledged to do everything possible to work for the advancement of Kogi state if given the opportunity.
Meanwhile, chairman of the screening committee of the Bayelsa state PDP governorship aspirants and governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde has said the party has no preference for any candidate in the election, assuring that only accredited delegates would determine the fate of all aspirants.
Speaking with journalists after the screening, former Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, and governorship aspirant, Timi Alaibe called on the delegates to think deeply before settling for a candidate of their choice.
Incumbent deputy governor of the state, who is also an aspirant, Rear Admiral John Jonah (retd) expressed satisfaction with the calibre of members of the screening committee, saying that they would do a good job.