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Several Groups Across Country Donate N98m for Jonathan’s Nomination Form

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President Goodluck Jonathan will on Thursday at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) national secretariat pick his re-election nomination form.

Already, it has emerged that governors on the platform of the party, Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN) and other well-wishers have paid the sum of N98.66 million for Jonathan’s nomination and Expression of Interest forms.

The president’s spokesman, Dr. Reuben Abati, made the disclosures while briefing State House correspondents on Wednesday in Abuja.

Abati said the money was received by his boss as donations from Nigerians to assist him pay the required N22 million  presidential nomination fee and Expression of Interest form.

He noted that the president expressed gratitude to all the persons, groups and communities that donated as well as  those who made pledges to assist him in paying  the required fees.

He quoted the president as thanking all Nigerians, members of the PDP, friends, associates and all groups who, in sincere appreciation of the achievements of the administration in the last four years, have been urging him to seek a second term in office.

The president’s spokesman said Jonathan acknowledged and accepted with immense gratitude, the following donations and pledges that he had received from a broad section of Nigerians: Mr. Kennedy Ikenna Odoeme, N5,000; Mr. Ezemagu Sunday Nnamdi, N10,000; PDP governors, N22 million; TAN, N22 million; Ogbia Local Government Area stakeholders, Bayelsa State, N5 million; Otuoke community stakeholders, N2 million; Brass Local Government Area stakeholders, Bayelsa State, N50,000; Bayelsa State PDP stakeholders, N5 million; Northern Youths Forum, N2 million; Central Market Traders Union, Kaduna State, N1 million; PDP stakeholders, Zaria Local Government Area, N500,000; PDP stakeholders, Yobe State, N500,000.

Other donors were PDP stakeholders, Kaduna State, N2 million; Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, N5 million; the Goodluck Support Group, Gombe State, N1 million; Adamawa State PDP stakeholders, N3 million; Ebonyi State PDP stakeholders, N2 million; Kogi State PDP stakeholders, N5 million;

Still on the list of donors are: Rivers State PDP stakeholders, N5 million; the 2015 Project, N1 million; Team Goodluck, Ondo North senatorial district, N5 million; Middle Belt PDP Women Support  Group for GEJ 2015, N500,000; King David Generation Foundation, Jos, N200,000; Behwong Weneng Yere Duk, Jos, N200,000; Redemption 3 Youth Organisation, Plateau State, N500,000;
Others are Plateau State Indigenes Association, Abuja, N300,000; Gombe Youth United for Goodluck Ebele Jonathan 2015, N500,000; Gombe Youth Vanguard for PDP, N500, 000;

Yamahu/Deba Goodluck Support Group, N200,000; Coalition of Gombe Support Groups for Goodluck Jonathan, N2 million; Hinna Youth Coalition for Goodluck, N500 000; Nigerian Women Pray for Jonathan, N1 million; National Association of Widows, N100,000; National Council of Women Societies, N500,000; female members of the PDP Board of Trustees, N500,000; Joint Association of Persons with Disabilities, N100,000; National Association of Market Women, N500,000; and Community Awareness and Development Network, N1 million.

Abati said the president was greatly encouraged by the overwhelming outpour of goodwill and support as well as the confidence of the generality of Nigerians in his ability to continue to transform the country for the good of the people.

According to him, the president assured the donors that he would continue to do his utmost best at all times to fully justify the great confidence reposed in him.

Meanwhile, as the sales of forms end today, the ruling PDP has raked in more than N6 billion from the sales of governorship, National Assembly (Senate and House of Representatives), state Houses of Assembly and sales of ad hoc forms for the election of delegates.

According to a statement issued by the National Organising Secretary of party, Abubakar Mustapha, the sales of delegate forms are expected to end today by 12 midnight. Each delegate form is expected to cost N5,000.

“Also, all completed delegate forms of those who have returned their duly completed forms should be returned to the state headquarters of PDP.

“All completed delegate forms shall be displayed at the ward levels on November 1,” the National Organising Secretary of PDP said.

According to  a top member of the PDP National Working Commission (NWC) who spoke in confidence with THISDAY,  the president will pick his presidential nomination form on Thursday before noon.

“This is what the PDP guidelines says and this must be obeyed by all members of PDP seeking elective positions respectively,” the PDP NWC said.

The NWC official said there would be elections at the more than 8,000 wards across the country for the purpose of electing the three member delegates who are expected to elect the states and national delegates.

On the revenue generated by PDP through the sales of nomination and Expression of Interest forms, the source said: “So far, over N2.2 billion has been realised from the sales of the governorship forms. We have sold no less than 200 governorship nomination forms from the national secretariat.

“Each governorship form is sold at N10 million and the Expression of Interest form is sold at N1 million.
“We are not talking about the senatorial and House of Representatives forms, on that, we have more than a thousand aspirants who have purchased the senatorial forms. The senate form  is sold for N4 million while the House of Representatives form is sold for N2 million with N500,000 each for senate and House of Representatives aspirants Expression of Interest form.

“I have not included on the sale of nomination forms for the House of Assembly aspirant which sales at N100,000 with Expression of Interest form sold for N200,0000 per aspirant.   From the state assemblies, we have more than 2,000 aspirants from more that 700 seats.

“In some states like Oyo, aspirants are paying N3 million as development fee, in Delta State, all the state Houses of Assembly aspirants are made to pay a mandatory development fee of N500,000 each.”

“In the election of ad hoc delegates, which covers more than 24,000 aspirants as each ward is expected to elect three delegates at N5000 from which we garner over N150 million.

“If I say over N6 billion, I am just being conservative as in 2011, we had more than, N6.5 billion after cost have been reduced,” the NWC source said.

Meanwhile, the National Vice Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) South-south, Cairo Ojuogboh, on Thursday berated the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, saying he used the party to elevate himself and later dumped the platform.

“The PDP is a disciplined party, if you come and steal into the PDP and use it to elevate yourself and get into office, when the time comes, God will get you out, like the issue of Aminu Waziri Tambuwal.

“You can see how God have exposed them, and the PDP will do everything within the law to regain its seat and that is what we are going to do in both Edo and Rivers States,” he added.

He explained that the party would go to the South-south to regain its seat.

Commenting on the denial of sale of presidential nomination forms to son of former Prime Minister, Dr. Abdul Jahlil Tafawa Balewa, and widow of the late Chief MKO Abiola, Professor Akasoba Duke-Abiola, Cairo said: “The issue is that the party has taken a decision on the issue of the presidency at the National Executive Committee (NEC) and if they have paid, the matter will be addressed, it is a disciplined party,” Ojuogboh said.
He was however not emphatic whether the party would refund the money back to Balewa and Duke-Abiola.

Balewa and Duke-Abiola before they were denied the presidential nomination forms, paid N22million and N2million respectively paid into Zenith and Diamond Banks respectively.

The PDP chieftain also expressed optimism that the alleged boast of the Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi at the 2015 polls does not intimidate the party.

“Come May 29, 2015, I can assure you that Amaechi will not be there to hand over, some people boasted in Adamawa State, where are they?

“He has a home in Ghana, I am sure he is preparing his home in Ghana,” he added.

Article Credit: Thisdaylive

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