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PDP may hold presidential primary in May, pegs nomination fee for aspirants at N40 mln

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The main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may have concluded plans to hold its Presidential primary and convention for the 2023 poll in May as it pegged its nomination and expression of interest forms for Presidential aspirants at N40 million.

It also emerged that the party may hold its convention and presidential primaries on May 28 and 29, this year.

Already, the main opposition party has approved the establishment of a 37-member Zoning Committee to make recommendations for the zoning of various elective positions for the 2023 general elections. The committee is expected to submit its report in two weeks.

According to the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, the fees for expression of interest and nomination forms are as follows:

“President: Expression of Interest, N5,000,000; Nomination Form, N35,000,000.”

“State House of Assembly: Expression of Interest, N100,000; Nomination Form, N500,000. House of Representatives: Expression of Interest, N500,000; Nomination Form, N2,000,000.

“Senate: Expression of Interest, N500,000; Nomination Form, N3,000,000. Governorship: Expression of Interest, N1,000,000; Nomination Form, 20,000,000.

The decision to set up a zoning committee and fix nomination fee was taken at the party’s National Executive Council (NEC) meeting held in Abuja on Wednesday.

Ologunagba while addressing the media after the NEC meeting said sufficient preparations have been made by the party for the 2023 general elections by the PDP.

NEC also approved the PDP Electoral Guidelines for the conduct of primary elections as well as the timetable and schedule of activities of the PDP for the 2023 general elections.

NEC approved a 50 per cent reduction in nomination fees for youths aged 25 to 30 years for various elective positions as sale of forms begin Thursday, March 17, 2022.

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The Council also approved the PDP Electoral Guidelines for the conduct of Primary Elections and okayed the timetable and schedule of activities for the 2023 general elections.

NEC also approved the commencement of sale of Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms from Wednesday with the exercise expected to last until April 1.

Addressing NEC, PDP national chairman, Iyorchia Ayu called on party leaders and stakeholders to forge a united front that will enable the party win elections beginning with the Osun and Ekiti states governorship elections.

“The National Working Committee under my leadership is calling on all our leaders and members of our party, not just in Ekiti and Osun, but all the over the country to join us in fighting those elections because they are winnable if we put aside our differences and make sure that we work as a team to win those elections.

“These elections are important for several reasons. First of all, they will give confidence back to our members.

“Secondly, they will signal to Nigerians that the PDP is determined to take power in 2023.

“We can’t take power in 2023 if we lose elections in the state chapters or constituencies.

“It is important we unify the party. If we unify the party, we will win the election at the state chapters. If we win elections in the state chapters collectively, we will be able to put those votes together and definitely win the Presidential election.

“We are out not just to win Presidential election but to increase our membership in the various Houses of Assembly in the states and the number of governors in the country and take control of the National Assembly.

“That is the only way the President will be comfortable to do his work. We will reunite the country and rebuild it from the wards, through the local governments, states and federal level and restored dignity of Nigeria as a people and respect which we usually enjoy in the international community.”

That said, Ayu enjoined party members to put aside their differences and work collectively for the success of the party.

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