PDP announces dates for presidential, gubernatorial primaries

The ruling Peoples Democratic Party has fixed December 6 and November 29 for its presidential and gubernatorial Primaries respectively, ahead of the 2015 general elections.

This was announced by Olisa Metuh, the party’s National Publicity Secretary, in Abuja.

Mr. Metuh said party’s National Assembly primaries would hold on November 22, adding that the dates were proposed by the party’s National Working Committee, NWC.

The dates are subject to the approval of the party`s National Executive Committee, NEC, scheduled to meet on Thursday.

“We expect all public servants, government appointees and elected party officials who are interested in contesting any position to resign their appointments seven days before the commencement of the ward congress election,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria quoted party officials as saying the sales of nomination and expression of interest forms for various elective offices would be between October 27 and 28.

This is to enable public office holders interested in elective offices to resign their appointments before Oct. 20, NAN. Reported.

President Goodluck Jonathan had met behind closed doors with caucus members of the party on Tuesday.

The meeting, which held at the State House Abuja, was attended by Vice President, Namadi Sambo, Senate President, David Mark, Senate Leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba and Deputy Senate Leader, Abdul Ningi.

Governors Gabriel Suswam (Benue), Emmanuel Uduaghan (Delta), Jonah Jang (Plateau), Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom) and Theodore Orji (Abia), PDP Chairman, Adamu Muazu, PDP Deputy National Chairman, Uche Secondus, former PDP Chairman, Ahmadu Ali, PDP Board of Trustee (BoT) Secretary, Walid Jibril, Special Adviser to the President on Political Affairs, Rufai Alkali, PDP National Women Leader, Kema Chikwe, Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, and Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke, were also at the meeting which started at 8.37pm.

The BoT meeting of the party is expected to hold at the Presidential Villa on Wednesday night, while the National Executive Committee, NEC, meeting of the party is slated for Thursday at the National Headquarters of the PDP in Abuja.

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to reflect the correct November 29 date for the gubernatorial primaries.


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  • Ahmad

    Thank God. The begining of the end of misrule.

  • Dankasa

    As they plan, Allah also plan….and Allah is the best of planners!

  • Olasunkanmi Angela Chioma

    As much as we question the need for large number of the advisers used by the GEJ administration, it is necessary to note here that this urgent percieved step of the present government must be scrutinised by result-oriented professionals before action. The issue may not be a case of no adviser at all, but the type already at work (named and unnamed).

    Meanwhile, this reconstruction move for the Northeast should be planned more in stages as the Boko haram insurgency is yet to be over here. Truly the government can source other means to raise capital for this project within if it did consider the step in stages and prioritise the processes as well. The loss accrued are yet to be finally computed.

    As cited in the column, “Capital projects in a reconstruction, as well as other, context(s) offer the opportunity to drive the overarching long term agenda for economic growth and development. It is an opportunity to engage local labour, including many of those have been displaced by conflict. It is an opportunity to mobilise and develop local expertise, augmented and complimented by expatriate experience where necessary. It is the opportunity to stimulate and develop local industries. It is not the time, as is often the case with international AID organisations, to employ overpaid consultants who have little or no knowledge about local conditions and realities. It is not the occasion to get hooked on exorbitant imported equipment and materials for which viable alternatives exist, actually and potentially, in local industries” , the step if not well thought out and weighed for its long term implication on the economy may be afterall “robbing Peter to pay Paul”.

  • Bimbo Adeleke

    It is interesting to see that things have not really changed over the years. World bank loan? for what? simple economics dictates to you that as an entity, you need to assess your earnings, prioritize your needs and where you have specific projects, a detailed cost-benefit analysis must be carried out. The loan to ‘redevelop the N-West is too vague for me, do they not have Local councils and state Governments? how have they been spending their monthly subventions, security votes? moreover, there is no clear cut evidence that the menace of Boko Haram has been curtailed, so why rebuild when the crisis is not over? too many questions with little answers, it will certainly not be a surprise if the loan disappears with the same speed with which the World bank is being rushed for approval. We really need to grow up as a nation.