Ahead of next month primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Oyo State, the party has begun screening of Aspirants for the national and state Assembly seats.

According to reports, the screening exercise which took place at the PDP party secretariat, Molete Ibadan considered all aspirants irrespective of any consensus arrangements in various constituencies.

Oyo state PDP Publicity Secretary, Engr Akeem Olatunji said it was Democratic for the party to allow everyone to pass through the screening process especially for constituencies where consensus arrangement failed.
 
Mr Olatunji who said the exercise was peaceful said only successful aspirants would be allowed for the primaries and possibly become the party’s flag bearers.

Some of the aspirants, including a former Oyo Assembly lawmaker, Mr Segun Olaleye, a special adviser to Governor Makinde, Mrs Bolanle Sarumi and a former aide to former president Jonathan, Mr Kunle Yusuf expressed confidence in the capacity of the screening committee headed by a former senate president, Adolfus Wabara.


They urged the Oyo state Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde to remain neutral and truthful to his words against imposition of candidates.

Another Aspirant, Mr Ibrahim Ajiboye who stepped down in a consensus arrangement in Ibadan southeast Federal constituency said the victory of the party at all levels of government must be the priority for all aspirants. 

A female House of Representatives Aspirant for Akinyele/Lagelu Federal Constituency, Mrs Ramota Dabo expressed displeasure at the low number of women aspiring for political positions across the state and country in general.

Meanwhile, many of the aspirants complained that the exercise was stressful and slow, alleging the committee of preferential treatment for some aspirants.

RadioNig/Cynthia Akere

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