The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Working Committee (NWC) has nullified the disqualification of all aspirants by its Screening Appeal Committees.
The NWC’s decision may not be unconnected with flood of petitions and protests against the Appeal Committees which the party has been addressing since the past few days.
There have been allegations that the Screening and Appeal Committees were freely collecting bribes from money bags among the PDP aspirants to disqualify their strongest opponents as a ploy for them to have a sooth sail in the PDP primaries scheduled for December.
Notice on PDP nullification the decisions of the Screening and Appeal Committees is contained in a statement issued by Mr Olisa Metuh, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, on Wednesday in Abuja.
The PDP asked aspirants, who had been cleared by different screening committees for primary elections to disregard any purported disqualification by the committees.
According to him, the announcement follows inquiries by PDP members, especially aspirants across the country.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the screening appeal panels are neither authorised by our electoral guidelines nor by the constitution of the PDP to disqualify aspirants already cleared by the screening committees.
“In this regard, the NWC declares all such disqualifications by appeal panels null and void as they clearly violate laid down rules and the principles of natural justice and good conscience, “Metuh said.
The national publicity secretary therefore directed all affected aspirants to ignore such disqualifications and move ahead with preparations for the party’s primaries