The Peoples Democratic Movement, PDM, will hold its inaugural National Convention on October 31st and November 1st 2014 at International Conference Centre, Abuja to elect National Officers of the Party, according to the time table released by the PDM National Secretariat on Thursday October 23rd, 2014. This follows a resolution of the National Executive Committee of the Party at its meeting of Thursday, October 16th, 2014 held at the National Secretariat in Abuja.
The National Convention will be preceded by Zonal Congresses earlier on Friday, October 31st at the same venue at which delegates are expected to elect a National Vice Chairman from each of the six geo-political zones.
It will be recalled PDM Conducted its Ward, Local Government Area and State Congresses in 28 States of the federation on August 30th and September 1 and 3rd respectively. The 28 States included Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo in the South East; Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, Osun and Oyo in the South West; Niger, Plateau and FCT in the North Central; Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe in the North East; and Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara in the North West. Four more states, Adamawa, Kogi, Nasarawa and Rivers states will hold their congresses on Saturday, October 25th 2014 to bring the number of states that have concluded their congresses to 32. Article 17, Sub-section 17.2.3 of the Party’s constitution requires that two-thirds of the states of the federation are represented at the National Convention.
In addition to electing National Officers, the National Convention will approve amendments to the Party’s constitution to reduce the number of delegates to the Convention which currently stands at about 150,000 a number considered rather unmanageable by the Party’s NEC. The Convention will also consider and approve, among other things, the mode of selection of members of Board of Trustees and the Party’s Audited Accounts.
In a related development, PDM has released the time table and fees for nomination of aspirants to run for primary election and emerge as the Party’s candidates for various offices in the general election of 2015.
According to the time table released by the National Secretariat of the Party on Thursday, collection of Expression of Interest and Nomination forms for various offices will open on November 3rd and close on November 10th, 2014 while all collected forms must be returned to the National Secretariat by 5.00 p.m. on November 13th 2014.
Expression of Interest and Nomination forms for State House of Assembly are to cost N50,000 and N200,000 respectively; House of Representatives N150,000 and N350,000; Senate 500,000 and N2 Million; Governor N1 Million and N4 Million; while Presidential aspirants are to pay N5 Million and N20 Million respectively. All fees are to be paid for into the Party’s designated bank accounts at First Bank and Zenith Bank while all forms are to be collected at the Party’s National Secretarial in Abuja on presentation of evidence of payment obtained from the banks.
According to the Party’s time table, primary election for State House of Assembly will hold at designated places across the states of the federation on November 25th; House of Representatives on November 30th; Senate on December 2nd; while Governorship will hold on December 6th. The Special National Convention to elect the Party’s presidential flag-bearer will hold in Abuja on December 9th, 2014.
The Party called on its members and the general public to take note of these events, dates and fees as no changes or review will be entertained.
Ahmed Rufai Abubakar
(National Publicity Secretary)