PDP issues time-table for Ekiti, Osun primaries..Form may cost N12million

pdplogoThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday released the timetable for primaries for the selection of the party’s governorship candidate in Ekiti and Osun states.

According to the timetable, the eight processes preceding the gubernatorial election kick off between February 24th and March 3rd in Ekiti state with sale of Expression of Interest/ Nomination Forms.

Similar exercise in Osun state would commence between March 14 and 21st.

However, the party did not indicate how much the aspirants would pay, but sources say it would cost every aspirant N12 million as obtained in Anambra state.

Aspirants interested in occupying the governorship seats are expected to return the forms in Ekiti state between March 3rd and 6th, while in Osun, it would be between March 24th and 26th.

Screening of the aspirants would hold in Ekiti on March 8th, while in Osun, it would be on MARCH 28th.

Appeals arising from the screening of the aspirants would hold on March 10 and 29 respectively.

In the same vein, Ward congresses where three ad-hoc delegates would be elected was scheduled for March 12 and April 2nd respectively, while the main state congress would hold on March 15 and April 5th in Ekiti and Osun respectively.

Appeals arising from the congresses would be heard on March 17 for the Ekiti aspirants, while such appeals would hold for the Osun aspirants on April 7.

The party would then use the remaining period to campaign before the gubernatorial election slated for June 21st in Ekiti and August 9 in Osun.

Chief Olisa Metuh, PDP National Publicity Secretary who made available the time table refused to comment on the nomination fee.

But competent sources said it would be the height of injustice if the party failed to use the same yard stick for Anambra for Ekiti and Osun states.

“The National Working Committee (NWC) has already deliberated and agreed that the Anambra precedent should be maintained as it would be the height of injustice to single out Anambra aspirants for such high charges only to reduce the figure.

“The only difference is that they would announce the fees payable in piece meal so that at least, they would make N2million from each of the aspirants through the sale of EI Forms,” the reliable PDP sources disclosed.

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