Former Senate Speaker Iyorchia Ayu, Former Osun State Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola and Former Oyo State Deputy Governor Taofeek Arapaja have been authorized by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to contest the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) elections at the next national convention.
A former minister of women’s affairs, Maryam Ciroma, and two former senators, Samuel Ayanwu and Ighoyota Amori, are also cleared.
They are among 27 wannabes cleared by the party’s zoning committee on Wednesday.
This is contained in the report of the selection committee submitted Thursday to the organizing committee of the national convention of the party led by Governor Ahmadu Fintiri.
The Committee was chaired by a former Federation Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke, with a former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Austin Opara, as his deputy.
The main opposition party‘s national elective convention is being held in Abuja on October 30 and 31.
In the seven-page report, the committee, which was inaugurated on September 23, said it selected 32 candidates after two of them withdrew from the race, and then cleared 27.
He also said he disqualified four others.
The report, obtained by PREMIUM TIMES, listed Mr. Ayu as the only candidate for the post of national president.
The former Senate speaker, from Benue state in the north-central area, was recently adopted by the party’s northern leadership as the region’s consensus candidate for the post.
The report states that Mr. Oyinlola, former national secretary of the PDP, and Mr. Arapaja are both vying for the post of national vice-president (South). They are from the South-West area.
He also indicated that Ms. Ciroma, who was once the party’s female leader, is running for the post of National Vice President (North). She has to fight with Umar Damagun, a former ambassador, at the convention.
Mr Anyanwu, who represented Imo East in the Senate until 2015, was recently adopted by the party’s southeast section as the consensus candidate for the post.
He is the only candidate for the post of national secretary following the withdrawal of one of his challengers and the disqualification of another.
The report mentioned Mr. Ighoyota as the only candidate for the post of deputy national secretary of the organization.
The political ally of former Governor James Ibori of Delta State, represented the central senatorial district of Delta but was dismissed from the upper house in 2015 by the court, which said the outgoing vice president of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege, winner of March 28, 2015. election.
According to the document, those who withdrew from the NWC race are former House of Representatives member Cyril Maduabum and Amina Tasallah. The report states that they informed the committee in writing.
Mr Maduabum, who is currently CEO of the PDP Governors Forum (PDP-GF), was running for the post of national secretary while Ms Tasallah was vying for the post of deputy national leader for women.
The committee also said it disqualified four candidates for various reasons.
They are a former national secretary of the PDP, Wale Oladipo, a former national vice-president of the party in the Southwest, Eddy Olafeso, Oke Muo-Aroh and Akintan Oludaisi.
Mr. Oladipo was the national secretary of the PDP under the presidency of Bamanga Tukur while Mr. Olafeso was the national vice-president of the party.
NWC positions to compete for
The 27 authorized aspirants will compete for 21 NWC positions at the convention.
Positions are National President, National Vice President (North), Deputy National President (South), National Secretary, Deputy National Secretary, National Treasurer, Deputy National Treasurer, National Financial Secretary, Financial Secretary deputy national, the national organizing secretary and the deputy national secretary. Organization secretary.
The others are the national secretary for publicity, the deputy national secretary for publicity, the national legal adviser, the deputy national legal adviser, the national auditor, the deputy national auditor, the national women’s leader and the deputy national leader. and the National Youth Leader and Deputy National Youth Leader.
The NWC is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the party.
The committee said it was guided in its mission by a number of documents and the eligibility of candidates.
“The selection process was guided by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the PDP Constitution and party guidelines.
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“In addition, the committee was guided by the eligibility of the candidates,” he said.
The NWC led by Uche Secondus was elected in December 2017.
Zoning of stations
The zoning committee led by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State and assisted by Governor Samuel Ortom, had zoned the party’s presidency in the North at the end of September.
He also recommended that all NWC positions currently held by southerners be directed north, and those occupied by northerners be directed south.
The party’s National Executive Committee (CNE), at its last meeting on October 7, approved the recommendations.
SEE THE COMPLETE LIST OF APPROVED ASPIRANTS
|Senator Dr Iyorchia Ayu||National President||CLEAR|
|Amb. Umar Iliya Damagum||National Vice-President (North)||CLEAR|
|Hajiya Inna Maryam Ciroma||National Vice-President (North)||CLEAR|
|HE Amb Taofeek Arapaja||National Vice-President (South)||CLEAR|
|Teacher. Adewale Abiodun Oladipo||National Vice-President (South)||NOT DELETED|
|Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola||National Vice-President (South)||CLEAR|
|Cyril ID Maduabum||National secretary||TOOK OF|
|Senator Samuel Nnaemeka Anyanwu||National secretary||CLEAR|
|Chief Barr. Oke Muo-Aroh||National secretary||NOT DELETED|
|Hon. Ahmed Yayari Mohammed||National treasurer||CLEAR|
|Hon. Oumar Bâtré||National Organizing Secretary||CLEAR|
|Daniel Woyegikuro||National Secretary of Finance||CLEAR|
|Teacher. Stella Effah-Attoe||National Women’s Leader||CLEAR|
|Hon. Divine Amina Arong||National Women’s Leader||CLEAR|
|Muhammed Kakade Suleiman||National Youth Leader||CLEAR|
|Usman Elkudan||National Youth Leader||CLEAR|
|Kamaldeen Adeyemi Ajibade, SAN||National legal adviser||CLEAR|
|Hon. Debo Ologunagba||National Secretary of Advertising||CLEAR|
|Dr Olafeso Eddy Eniola||National Secretary of Advertising||NOT DELETED|
|Okechukwu Obiechina Daniel||National auditor||CLEAR|
|Ikechukwu Samben Nwosu||National auditor||CLEAR|
|Hon. Ms. Chibuogwu Benson- Oraelosi||National auditor||CLEAR|
|Hon. Camber. Setoji Kosheodo||Deputy National Secretary||CLEAR|
|Hon. Akintan Oludaisi||Deputy National Secretary||NOT DELETED|
|Ing. Adedeji Doherty||Deputy National Secretary||CLEAR|
|Ndubisi Eneh David||Deputy National Treasurer||CLEAR|
|Alhaji Ibrahim Abdallahi||Deputy National Secretary for Publicity||CLEAR|
|Chief Senator Ighoyota||Deputy to the national organizing secretary||CLEAR|
|Hon. Adamu OR Kamalé||Deputy National Secretary of Finance||CLEAR|
|Hajara Yakubu Wanka||Deputy National Leader of Women||CLEAR|
|Timothy Osadolor||Deputy National Youth Officer||CLEAR|
|Barr. Okechukwu Osuoha||Deputy National Legal Adviser||CLEAR|
|Hon. Abdulrahman Mohammed||Deputy National Auditor||CLEAR|
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