****Rebukes Aspirants’ Over Late Arrival
By Chibuzo Ukaibe,
There was drama at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) national secretariat yesterday as the chairman of the Anambra State screening committee and former Minister of Police Affairs, Adamu Maina Waziri rebuked some aspirants for keeping them waiting for more than 90 minutes.
The committee was set up to screen the seven governorship aspirants, including embattled chairman of Capital Oil, Chief Ifeanyi Ubah and former minister of Aviation, Sen Stella Oduah.
Other aspirants who were also screened yesterday are Prince John Okechukwu Emeka, Dr. Alex Obiogbolu, Honourable Linda Ikpeazu, Oseloka Obaze, and Akolisa Ufodike.
However Maina, who had scheduled the screening exercise for 9am openly expressed displeasure that some of the aspirants kept them waiting for over 90 minutes.
While five other aspirants were already seated, Waziri, who was uncomfortable with the late arrival of Ubah said “We express our displeasure for those who came late. Having kept us waiting for over 90 minutes”.
He however added “Probably the one who came late could be the best.” At the time Waziri spoke, Oduah had not arrived.
He however urged the the aspirants not to forget that the entire PDP family has everything to lose if Anambra is lost to a rival political party on November 18.
He added “Each one of us have everything to lose if we fail to capture Anambra state”, adding that “PDP can produce the next governor of Anambra State if they put their acts together.”
When asked if their is a possibility of Consensus candidate, he added was it was left for the aspirants to decide, noting “Our job is to screen the aspirants.”
He however stressed “All we want to do is see how each one one them will contribute to how the party will perform.”
The former Minister also added that in line with the PDP constitution, the N6 million fee for the collection of nomination and expression of interest form for women aspirants was waived as a way of encouraging the female folk to take active interest in partisan politics.
Waziri however pointed out that because the PDP was committed to getting things right, the committee would wait for all those yet to arrive.