#Nigeria2015: PDP reviews timetable for primaries

President Goodluck Jonathan

The ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP‎ has reviewed its timetable for the 2015 primary election for all offices.

The party had earlier  fixed October 29 and December 6 for its gubernatorial and presidential primaries respectively, while that of ‎the National Assembly seats was fixed for November 22.

But in a statement by its National Organising Secretary, Abubakar Mustapha, on  Saturday, the PDP has now rescheduled the primaries.

Under the new arrangement, the State House of Assembly primaries has now been slated for November 29, that for the House of Representatives December 6 and that for the Senate December 7.

Primary‎ elections to elect governorship candidates have also now been fixed for December 6, while the national convention to elect a presidential candidate is fixed for December 11, 2014.

President Goodluck Jonathan is widely expected to emerge candidate, although the party has recently thrown the race for the ticket open.

See the full Press statement below.

November, 8, 2014

Press Statement

PDP NWC Reviews Timelines For Primaries

In exercise of its powers under Section 29 (2) (a) and (b) of the

Constitution of our Great Party (2012 as amended), the National Working

Committee (NWC) has approved the review of timelines (Time-table) for

the conduct of Congresses/Primaries preparatory to the 2015 General


The new time-table which supercedes the earlier one is as follows:


a. Return of Forms –             06/11/14 (Completed)

b. Screening –     07-09/11/14 (Completed)

c.  Screening Appeal –     10/11/14

d    House of Assembly primaries-                29/11/14

e.  Appeals             30/11/14


a. Return of Forms –                 14/11/14

b. Screening and Appeals –                 19-21/11/14

c.  House of Representatives Primaries –            06/12/14

d. Senate Primaries                 07/12/14

e.    NASS Appeals         08/12/14

C. Governorship:

  a. Return of Forms –                 14/11/14

b. Screening and Appeals –                 22-25/11/14

c.  Governorship Primaries –                        08/12/14

e.      Appeals                 09/12/14


a. Return of Forms –                 15/11/14

b. Screening and Appeals –                 26/11/14

c.  National Convention     10-11/12/14

It is noted that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)

has been notified of the review.


Abubakar Mustapha MFR, mni

National Organizing Secretary


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  • Teddy

    Hmm! PDP as a party is jittery. Shall we say that the fear of Tambuwal is the beginning of wisdom for the PDP. Or what could have suddenly informed their decision to change their primaries time table?

    • Abubakar M. Yakasai

      they want to know who are really with them. Any body who emerged as the flag bearer at any level must definitely campaign for the Johnathan before the presidential primaries. I think that is the rationale behind the change in the time table.

    • Silas mark

      It’s not about Tambuwal. It’s simply strategic to checkmate the crisis and defection that will follow the primaries whereby disenchanted aspirants would want to defect to APC to contest primaries. By this shift which aligns after APC primary,anyone who loses PDP primaries cannot defect to APC to contest,it would have been too late. The have gone to last constitutional allowed number of dates. It’s a master stoke actually. Because APC fixed thir dates to reap from PDP crisis.