The Idris Wada-led Peoples Democratic Party’s committee on Tuesday concluded the screening of the 16 aspirants who obtained forms to contest the November 6 governorship election in Anambra State on the platform of the party.
Wada, who addressed journalists at the end of the exercise, said all the aspirants possess the requisite academic and moral qualification to fly the party’s ticket.
He also said the report of the screening would be submitted to the leadership of the party within two weeks.
Wada said, “The aspirants are outstanding individuals and we are convinced that whoever emerges would be credible.
“The reports on each of the candidates would be compiled and the recommendations of the panel would be sent to the party leadership.”
Wada said the issue of consensus candidate did not feature during the panel’s interaction with the aspirants but said the idea was welcome.
Meanwhile, separate interviews with some of the aspirants indicated that they were already meeting to discuss the possibility of producing a consensus candidate ahead of the party primary scheduled for June 26.
One of the female aspirants, Mrs Genevieve Ekwochi, who is a former Commissioner for Women Affairs in the state, said consensus arrangement was possible before the primary.
She said, “The issue of consensus is very important. We are 16 aspirants and at the end of the day, only one candidate will emerge.”
Also, Mr Emeka Etiaba (SAN), said the issue of consensus was very possible before the primary of the party in June.
He said, “We are brothers. Most of the Anambra people are related. We will sit down in the course of the campaign to discuss the issue.”
Another aspirant, Nzeribe Chukwumaeze, also said the issue of consensus was possible.
He said, “We are talking and discussing among ourselves to see the possibility of producing a concensus candidate before the primaries.” A member of the House of Representatives, who is also an aspirant, Chris Azubogu, said, “Nothing is impossible in the electoral process”