Nigeria’s Opposition PDP Sells Presidential Nomination Forms for N40million

Presidential aspirants aiming to contest in the 2023 presidential election under the standard of Nigeria’s largest opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), will have to pay N40 million for the party’s nomination and expression of interest forms.

This was announced by the PDP’s National Executive Committee (NEC) after it gave approval to the party’s guidelines, timetable and schedule of activities for the 2023 general elections.

The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, who read the communique issued at the end of the 95th NEC meeting of the party in Abuja on Wednesday, said that the decision was taken after extensive deliberations on issues of urgent national importance as well as preparations for the 2023 general elections.

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“In preparations for the 2023 General Elections, NEC approved the PDP Electoral Guidelines for the conduct of primary elections

Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Iyorchia Ayu

“NEC approved the timetable and schedule of activities of the PDP for the 2023 general elections.

“The following amounts for the forms were approved by NEC:

“State House of Assembly -Expression of Interest at N100,000 and Nomination Form at N500,000.

“House of Representatives- Expression of Interest -N500,000; Nomination Form-N2,000,000.

“For the Senate: Expression of Interest -N500,000, Nomination Form N3,000,000.

“Governorship – expression of interest – N1,000,000, while Nomination Form is N20,000,000.

“President- Expression of Interest form-N5,000,000 and nomination form – N35,000,000,” he said.

Additionally, the NEC approved a 50 per cent reduction in nomination fees for youths aged 25 years to 30 years for various elective positions.

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The NEC also approved the sale of expression of interest and nomination forms to begin on Thursday, March 17, 2022.

It also approved the establishment of a 37-member Zoning Committee, drawn from across the states, to make recommendations for the zoning of various elective positions for the 2023 general elections. The committee has two weeks to submit its reports.

The PDP’s NEC, which strongly condemned the issue of corruption and insensitivity resulting in worsening insecurity and agonizing economic hardship in the country, expressed confidence in the ability of the NWC to lead PDP to win the Presidential election, majority of state governors as well as a majority of seats in the National and State Assemblies.

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“NEC notes that Nigerians are now looking up to the PDP for a solution and as such urged all Party members to remain united in the PDP’s mission to Rescue and Rebuild our country from the misrule of the APC,” Ologbondiyan said

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