President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday successfully scaled his party’s screening of presidential candidates when he appeared before the presidential screening committee of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Abuja.
Jonathan, who arrived at the party’s secretariat at about 3.15pm alongside the Vice President Namadi Sambo and some ministers, immediately proceeded to the screening venue.
The screening exercise took almost two hours, with the Ahmadu Ali – led committee releasing President Jonathan after he successfully completed the session.
The national publicity secretary of the PDP, Olisa Metuh, who spoke to newsmen after the exercise, said it was compulsory for the president to act in conformity with the processes preceding the primaries.
He further said that President Jonathan was never given any preferential treatment, adding that his humility at giving in to party processes goes a long way to tell the world that he respects party supremacy.
Metuh said the result of the screening exercise would be released by the leadership of the party in next 24 hours.
Abdujalil Balewa, the son of the late Nigerian Prime Minister, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, also came for the screening exercise.
The screening committee’s chairman, however, applauded President Jonathan for making himself available, adding that he had never seen a candidate so fitting and willing to serve.
“The president was humble enough to come and he came so prepared. His delivery was so perfect that it was difficult to fault him. President Jontahan is truly an exemplary fellow,” Ali said.