The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Plateau has disqualified four aspirants seeking elections into the state assembly on its platform.
The acting state chairman of the party, Raymond Dabo, made the disclosure at the end of the deadline for purchase of expression of interest forms for aspirants on Saturday.
According to Mr. Dabo, the affected aspirants were disqualified due to non-possession of PDP membership cards and default in payment of various levies.
PREMIUM TIMES learnt that 107 people purchased the Plateau PDP forms to contest for the 24 seats of the state House of Assembly. Of these, four were disqualified after submitting their forms.
The acting PDP chairman said the disqualified aspirants had the right to appeal against the decision of the party executives. He said the decision was taken to sanitise the party.
The nationwide PDP primaries for the state Houses of Assembly, earlier fixed for November 15, have been rescheduled to hold November 29.
Many serving members of the Plateau State Assembly have purchased forms to vie for the National Assembly does putting their seats up for grabs.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Governor of Plateau State, Ignatius Longjan, submitted his governorship form in Abuja on Saturday.
Mr Longjan spoke with journalists in Jos, Sunday, where he officially declared his campaign office open.
“From divine perspective, God does not underrate continuity,” he said. “This explains the reason why he initially planned the Israeli dynasty to continue in the posterity.”
He appealed to his boss, Jonah Jang, to support his aspiration and ensure his victory so that the projects initiated by the Jang-administration were not abandoned.
“It is always right to hand over the mantle of leadership to your subordinate who knows what you want, and I am that person,” Mr. Longjan said.
He said he is the only candidate who has what it takes to transform Plateau State for the better.
The event, held at the Longjan Campaign office, witnessed a large turnout of party supporters.