Kaduna - The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said on Friday that only 250 aspirants had been cleared to participate in the party primaries scheduled for Oct. 6, in Kafanchan, Kaduna state.
The Chairman of the screening committee, Baba Aliyu, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that out of the 500 aspirants that indicated interest for the counsellorship position, only 250 met the requirements.
Aliyu said eight local government areas Kagoro, Kaura, Kauru, Sanga, Kachia, Zangon Kataf, Jaba and Jama’a partook in the exercise .
He said further that the exercise was aimed at ensuring proper documentation.
``The exercise is an in-house cleansing exercise not aimed at disqualifying anyone but ensuring that the party presents qualified and credible candidates,’’ he said.
Aliyu said other candidates that could not meet the requirements were disqualified on the basis of lack of educational qualification, non payment of taxes and failure of being party members for at least two years.
He urged the supporters of disqualified aspirants to ensure that the success of the party in the forthcoming local government elections.
An aspirant, Mr Sunday Daniel described the exercise as "free and fair", saying the party had demonstrated its political will in ensuring democratic governance at the grass roots in the state.