The Nasarawa State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Yunana Iliya, said 87 aspirants for various elective offices had bought the party’s nomination forms to vie for the 24 seats in the state assembly.
Mr. Iliya said on Friday in Lafia that the PDP remains the party to beat in the 2015 general elections.
He said 10 aspirants are vying for the three senatorial seats while 20 others indicated interest to contest the five House of Representatives positions.
“Despite the fact that the PDP is not controlling the present government in the state, people are still eager and anxious to contest election in our party.
“This is a clear indication that PDP is the most popular and acceptable party in the state,” Mr. Iliya said.
He, however, said the party was working assiduously towards consensus amongst all the aspirants, to avoid intra-party squabble.
Mr. Iliya expressed optimism that the party would achieve consensus among the aspirants before the date of the primaries.
He said that the party was poised to conduct free, fair and transparent primary elections that would be acceptable to all.
Mr. Iliya also urged party supporters not to relent in their efforts by ensuring that it recaptured the governorship seat in the state in 2015.
He urged members of the party to come out enmasse at the appropriate time to collect their Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs, to earn them the power to change the government of the state.