PDP screening committee clears Agagu, Olajumoke, others for 2011 polls

THE immediate past governor of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Agagu; Chairman Senate Committee on Navy, Senator Bode Olajumoke and eight other senatorial aspirants were Friday cleared by the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) screening committee to contest next year election.

Those cleared included Chairman Senate Committee on Interior, Senator Gbenga Ogunniya and former ALGON Chairman in the State, Chief Adedayo Omolafe who is an aspirant for the House of Representatives representing Akure South/North Federal Constituency.

Agagu is contesting for Ondo South senatorial ticket while Ogunniya Ondo Central and Olajumoke North senatorial districts of the state.

Others are a former Council chairman Mr Segun Ayerin, former Commissioner for Education, Princess Oladunni Odu, Senator Remi Okunrinboye, Chris Ojomo and former Nigeria’s ambassador to Australia, Prof Olu Agbi.

The George Agbo-led committee concluded it’s sitting with the clearing of 35 House of Representatives aspirants, ten senatorial aspirants and 88 aspirants for the 26 seats of the State House of Assembly.

The Screening committee described the exercise as a huge success.

The Chairman of the committee, Agbo, told reporters that his team scrutinized the credentials of all the 11 aspirants into the Senate from the three senatorial districts in the state.

Agbo said that all the documents submitted by the 34 aspirants wishing to contest the nine federal constituencies at the House of Representatives had been carefully perused and that the report on the exercise would be submitted to the party’s headquarters next week.

The Deputy Chairman of the party in the state, Mr. Tunde Akindehin, also explained to our correspondent that all the credentials submitted by the 88 aspirants into the state House of Assembly had been carefully screened by another committee last week.

He said the Panel that would conduct the House of Assembly Primary elections would arrive in the state next week while that of the National Assembly and the Senate would come to the state a week after.

Meanwhile, all the eight members of the PDP in the House of Representatives and the eight in the state House of Assembly are seeking re-election.

The Deputy Chairman said that the party would provide a level playing field for all the aspirants, adding that losers of the party’s primaries should accept defeat as sportsmen.

By Dayo Johnson

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