Ahead of the 2023 general elections, the ruling party All Progressives Congress (APC) has announced May 23 for the screening of its presidential aspirants.
This was revealed by the National Organising Secretary of the party, Suleiman Arugugun on Saturday in Abuja when fielding reporters’ shortly after the inauguration of chairmen and secretaries of the party’s screening committees for House of Representatives, Senate and governorship aspirants.
According to him, “The screening for the presidential aspirants, we have so far 28 presidential aspirants and as you are all aware, some aspirants have started withdrawing their aspirations.
“And by God’s grace on May 23, those that are left for the screening proper, will be screened,”
The committees’ chairmen and secretaries were inaugurated by Abubakar Kyari, APC Deputy National Chairnan, North, on behalf of National Chairman Abdullahi Adamu.
Speaking at the ceremony, Mr Kyari, said a total of 145 governorship aspirants would be screened by three panels, while 351 senate aspirants would be screened by four panels for the party’s 2023 ticket.
He said that a total of 1,197 House of Representatives aspirants would also be screened by 10 panels.
Acknowledging that there was a long huddle ahead of the committees, Mr Kyari appealed to the members to.ensure proper screening of aspirants so that the best candidates emerged at the end.
He welcomed members of the committees, saying that they were free to do what was required of them and would always have the support of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) when necessary.
The APC had fixed its governorship primaries for May 20, House of Assembly, May 22, House of Representatives May 24, and Senate May 25.