The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is currently screening 11 aspirants that have indicated interest in the partyâ€™s ticket for the Osun State governorship election.
The eleven aspirants are Senator Akinlabi Olasunkanmi, Dr. Oyewumi Olalere, Oladipo Oke, Felix Ogunwale, Fatai Akinbade and Ezekiel Adeniyi.
Others are Dr. Akin Ogunbiyi, Ayoade Adewopo, Adejare Bello, Senator Ademola Adeleke and Prof Adeolu Durotoye.
The Chairman of the screening committee, Mr Austin Opara, who spoke to journalists at the partyâ€™s Abuja secretariat yesterday, said the party would provide level playing field for all the aspirants.
Opara said, â€œWe are determined to do things right. The new leadership of the party has said we must rebrand the party. We will be guided by the guidelines of the party, the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) and the PDP constitution.
â€œWe will not import any material that is not in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the guidelines. The constitution for instance has specified the age limit, especially with the passage of the Not-Too-Young-To-Run Bill into law.â€
Opara announced that all the aspirants have returned their nomination documents and assured that the process would be transparent.
â€œThe exercise is a process and it is clear in all that the party is doing, including the screening that is taking place today. It is going to be very transparent because we want the best for the party and of course, the best for the party is the best for the country. We would be transparent and fair to all concerned.
â€œAt the end, we want the best for our nation. You can attest to the fact that things are falling apart in the country today as led by the ruling party, even in Osun State. The only party that can give Nigerians hope today is the PDP,â€ Opara said.