The main opposition party yesterday began the sale of Expression of Interest and nomination forms for its members, as the party kick-started the official activities ahead of 2019 general elections.
Out of 12 presidential aspirants on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), only the Governor of Gombe State, Ibrahim Dankwambo, and former Governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, have picked forms to pursue their presidential ambition.
The National Working Committee (NWC) of the party had announced in the national dailies the party’s guidelines for the conduct of the party primaries for the 2019 general election as approved by the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party. The opposition party pegged the Expression of Interest forms for presidential aspirants at N2 million, while nomination form is pegged at N10 million.
Also, Expression of Interest form for the governorship election is pegged at N1 million, while nomination form is N5 million.
Similarly, Expression of Interest form for the Senate is pegged at N500, 000, while nomination form is pegged at N3 million.
Expression of Interest form for the House of Representatives is pegged at N500,000, while nomination form is N1.5 million.
The party’s nomination forms for national delegates is pegged at N20,000, while that of three ad-hoc delegates is pegged at N5,000.
Meanwhile, the PDP said that all aspirants for presidential, governorship, Senate, and House of Representatives aspirants are to purchase their forms at the national headquarters of the party in Abuja, while all aspirants for State House of Assembly elections are to purchase their forms at the national or state party secretariats.
The party however, exempted all female aspirants from payment for purchase of nomination forms for all offices except national ad-hoc delegate categories .
It also explained that in line with party’s constitution, the NWC, acting on behalf of the NEC, reviewed downward the cost of nomination forms for the House of Representatives from N2 million to N1 million, saying it is in keeping to it promise to enhance the inclusion of young persons.
The party stated that all forms are to be collected and submitted on or before 6th September, 2018.
Also, Concerned Abia Citizens yesterday picked nomination form and expression of interest form for the state Governor, Victor Ikpazu.
The leaders of the group, Amb. Bestman Aruba and Kingsely Wosu-Ezi, said that the group decided to purchase the form on behalf of the governor in order to ensure that every part of Abia state experience good governance as he continues in 2019.
The group stressed that PDP is now reformed and expressed optimism that the party would provide a level playing ground for all its members.
It noted that Ikpeazu has delivered on his electioneering campaign promises and as such would not hesitate to persuade him to seek re-election.
“Hopefully, he will not only clinch the ticket but also wins the election because the electorates in the State are well informed about the projects, policies and programmes of the governor,” it added.