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PDP queries Anyanwu, Arapaja, others as opponents petition appeal panel

By Azimazi Momoh Jimoh, Abuja
27 October 2021   |   4:06 am
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), yesterday, said the candidates cleared by the Bello Adoke-led screening committee had been invited for questioning due to fresh petitions against them.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), yesterday, said the candidates cleared by the Bello Adoke-led screening committee had been invited for questioning due to fresh petitions against them.

The appeal committee, headed by former Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, at the commencement of its meeting in Abuja, disclosed that Sam Anyanwu, who was cleared last week to contest for the position of National Secretary, is being accused of anti-party activities.

Specifically, Ekweremadu said the complaint against Anyanwu alleged that he had taken the party to court in the past.

Briefing journalists in Abuja, Ekweremadu also stated that his committee equally received a petition against Ambassador Taofeek Arapaja, who is eyeing the Deputy National Chairman seat.

The panel said on the whole, “we received about five appeals, one is in respect of the non-clearance of the Deputy National Secretary by the aspirant himself, Hon. Akintan Kareem.”

It added: “There is also a petition in respect of clearance of the Deputy National Youth Leader from Edo State for not being a party member.”

Ekweremadu continued: “One of the petitions is in respect of Usman Sani Shehu as aspirant for National Youth Leader for forgery of certificates and age falsification.

“We also received an appeal in respect of another aspirant for Youth Leader, Mohammed Usman, for non-resignation of correct position as a youth leader in his ward.”

On Arapaja, the committee stated: “We also received a petition against the clearance of Ambassador Arapaja as Deputy Chairman (South) for non-resignation of his existing position.”

It also disclosed that, “we received three petitions – two of them in respect of the clearance of Senator Sam Anyanwu as an aspirant for National Secretary – claiming that he has taken the party to court previously, against the PDP’s constitution without exploring the internal mechanism of the party.”

Ekweremadu went on: “There’s also a third petition actually in support of the disqualification of Dr. Eddy Olafeso as an aspirant for National Publicity Secretary.

But no matter what is our feelings about those appeals and petitions, what we intend to do as a very responsible body is to listen to all those that have written to us and hear from them, look at the document before us and possibly, reconvene to look at the presentations and document before us and be able to come up with a report which we (can) send to the party as soon as possible.”