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PDP to Approve Guidelines for Party Primaries This Week

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Barring any last minute changes, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential primary election has been billed to take place on November 26, while executive members of the party at all levels wishing to contest the primaries are expected to resign their office seven days before the said primaries for the elective posts that they want to contest.

This was contained in the draft guidelines of the party for the primary elections circulated to members of the caucus of the party and to National Executive Committee (NEC) members.

Though still a draft, the National Executive Committee (NEC), Board of Trustees (BoT) and National Caucus of the PDP are expected to meet this week to approve the draft guidelines.

THISDAY sighted the draft guidelines prepared by the PDP for the members for the primary elections at all levels.

By the Electoral Act 2010, Section 31 (1),  “Every political party shall not later than 60 days before the date appointed for the general elections under the provisions of this Act, submit to the Commission in the prescribed forms list of the candidates the party proposes to sponsor at the elections.”

While the electoral guidelines issued by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) provides that the sale of presidential forms shall take place between November 4 and 11, the campaigns would kick off on November 30.

According to the guidelines waiting to be approved, the sale of the presidential nomination forms will be open to all Nigerians above the age of 40 at the cost of N20 million.
The sale of the forms, depending on the elective post, is expected to kick off in the first week of October, while all primary elections are expected to end with the presidential primary election slated for November 26.

It was further gathered that any member of the party’s executive committee in the National Working Committee (NWC), State Executive Committees (SECs) or even the local and ward levels are expected by the draft guidelines to resign from office seven days to the primary election to the elective post that the offical is contesting.

In this regard, it is expected that state chairmen of PDP in Delta, Plateau and Bayelsa States, who want to contest for elective offices, are expected to resign seven days to the primary election to the office for which they are contesting.
Peter Nwaoboshi, the Delta State PDP chairman and his Bayelsa State counterpart are contesting for the senatorial seats in their zones, while the Plateau State Chairman, Haruna Dabin, wants to contest for the governorship post in his state.
THISDAY was reliably told that the meeting of the National caucus of the party will hold tomorrow and that of the BoT this week, while the NEC meeting would take place on September 18.

INEC guidelines stipulate that all political parties primary elections must be conducted between October 2 and end by December 11 2014, while December 18 and 25 is the last day for the submission of presidential and National Assembly forms to INEC.

Meanwhile, following its resounding victory during the weekend council elections in Katsina State, the national leadership of the PDP has boasted that it is a clear affirmation that it is on the ground in the North-west and will clear the votes in the zone in the 2015 general election.

PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, in a statement yesterday, described the sweeping victory as a reflection of its popularity and acceptance by Nigerians in all the nooks and crannies of the country.
The party said its overwhelming electoral victories, earlier in Kaduna State and now in Katsina State clearly indicated that it was the ground in the zone and will “sweep the votes not only in the North-west, but also in the entire northern region in the 2015 general election.”

The leadership congratulated Governor Ibrahim Shema of Katsina State, the state chairman of the party as well as leaders and members of the PDP in the state for the successful outing, attributing it to the “sterling performance of the PDP-led administration in the state, which it said was inline with the PDP ideology and President Goodluck Jonathan’s transformation agenda.” This, it said, was in addition to the unity obtained in its fold in Katsina State.

Thanking the people of  the state for their support expressed in the free and fair elections, the party urged the newly elected local government officers to reciprocate by “working hard to ensure that their people not only continue to enjoy the benefits of having the PDP in power but also by voting en masse for it in the general elections.”

The national leadership of the party pledged that it would continue to guarantee strict adherence to the principles of internal democracy and provide a level playing field for all Nigerians to canvass and pursue their aspirations within the ambit of the overall national interest.



Article Credit: Thisdaylive

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