The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says it would reveal the identities of the presidential aspirants disqualified by the party’s Screening Committee on Friday.
The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Debo Ologunagba, made this disclosure in an interview with The Punch on Saturday.
Best News Network had reported the PDP Presidential Screening Committee disqualified two of the 17 aspirants seeking to contest in the party’s presidential primaries.
Speaking with reporters after the end of the exercise, the Chairman of the committee, Senator David Mark, disclosed that the disqualified aspirants did not meet up with the requirements for the position of the president.
He added that the two disqualified aspirants are to forfeit the N40 million each of them paid for the expression of interest and nomination forms.
The former Senate President, however, declined to reveal the identities of the affected aspirants. Speaking further, the PDP spokesman said the party would disclose the names of the disqulaif3d aspirants very soon after the screening committee has released the result of the exercise.
Ologunagba added that the appeal committee is still going to meet on the issue on Monday before the identities of the affected aspirants are revealed.
He said: “Yes, we did not reveal their identities, but that will be done and you will know soon. Don’t forget that the appeal committee is still going to meet on the issue.”
On the issue of zoning, Ologunagba said the party’s NEC would also review the report of the committee set up on the issue.
“The NEC meeting will look at it and make a final decision,” he said.
The issue of zoning had polarised the party and its aspirants as some were of the opinion that it would be wrong for another northerner to succeed the President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
The majority of those in favour of zoning were from the southern part of the country, while their northern counterparts were of the opinion that the PDP had produced more southern presidents than the North.