Twelve aspirants are vying for the presidential ticket of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) (image courtesy Premium Times)

Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Convention Committee, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, says late arrival of delegates delayed the start of the elective convention in Port Harcourt.

No fewer than 4,000 delegates are expected to vote.

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Speaking with journalists at the venue of the convention, to choose the presidential candidate of the party for the 2019 general election, Okowa said the most challenging part was the inability of delegates to arrive early.

Delegates were being meticulously screened as they troop in but accreditation had yet to begin at the time of this report.

It was learned that delegates were made to pass through three gates of screening before getting into the main bowl where the election would take place.

To enter into the main bowl was made so difficult by the committee that many journalists were not allowed to enter in spite of their accreditation cards.

Aspirants gunning for the PDP presidential ticket include former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar; the Senate President, Bukola Saraki; and Sokoto state Governor, Aminu Tambuwal.

Others are Gombe state Governor, Ibrahim Dankwambo; former Kano state Governor Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso; and former Kaduna state Governor Ahmed Makarfi.

Also in the running are former Senate President David Mark; former Plateau state Governor Jonah Jang; former Jigawa state Governor Sule Lamido; Atahiru Bafarawa; Tanimu Turaki; Datti Baba-Ahmed; and Stanley Osifo.