Screening: Cleared State, National Assembly Aspirants Receive Certificates Of Return

The committee set up by the PDP National Executive Committee to screen aspirants for the National and State House of Assembly in Rivers State has concluded its assignment with the issuance of certificates to cleared aspirants.

The event which took place at the Rivers State Secretariat of the PDP on Friday 29th April, 2022 was performed by the Secretary of the  Screening Committee, Prof Walter Obolu and witnessed by some numbers of the State Executive of the PDP.

Speaking before presenting certificates to the successful aspirants, Prof Walter Obolu commented the maturity exhibited by aspirants during the screening exercise

He expressed delight that despite the initial delays caused by unavailable circumstances, the screening was conducted in a free, fair and transparent manner as most of the aspirants who had earlier alleged that the screening exercise had been hijacked to unknown destination, later went to the Press to refute their allegation against the committee.

“We are  thankful to God that the same people had the courage to go back to the Press again to say that the exercise went on very smoothly and successfully and that the entire process  was not hijacked.

We thank you for your maturity. In our report we acknowledged the fact that all the aspirants conducted themselves very maturely and we appreciate you for that fact”, Prof Walter declared.

He advised those who may not have been cleared during the screening to approach the Screening Appeal Committee which will be sitting next week Tuesday in Port Harcourt for redress,  urging them not to take the laws into their hands but follow the party’s guidelines in addressing their cases.

Prof Walter congratulated all the aspirants for participating in the process emphasising that by aspiring to contest they are all winners in the election.

Chairman of the River State chapter of PDP, Ambassador Desmond Akawor thanked members of the committee for doing a thorough job.

Ambassador Akawor noted that the tension witnessed during the exercise was normal with the electoral process, but noted with satisfaction that the exercise was not affected in any way and every aspirant was happy with the way the screening exercise was handled.

He said the PDP in Rivers State being a united family had not lost the state to any other political party since 1999, and expressed optimism that the party would continue in its winning ways in the state.

Other members of the State party Executive who witnessed the certificate presentation exercise were the State Deputy Chairman, Hon Chukuemeka Aaron, State Party Secretary, Dr Benibo George, the State Publicity Secretary, Hon Sydney Tambari Gbara among others.


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