The Peoples Democratic Party,(PDP) has on Monday, November 3, 2014 gone against its earlier decision not to sell presidential nomination forms, saying the forms were not available for all ahead of the Saturday, December 6, 2014 national convention of the party.
The PDP made this public via a statement signed by their national publicity secretary, Olisa Metuh, saying that all those who had paid for the expression of interest and nomination forms should visit the party’s national secretariat to obtain their forms, adding that the sale of forms to aspirants would expire on Thursday, November 6, 2014.
The statement said: “The Peoples Democratic Party wishes to inform all aspirants to all positions for the 2015 general elections that the deadline for the purchase and collection of all nomination forms has been extended to Thursday, 6th November 2014.
“All aspirants who paid for nomination forms, including the Presidential Form but yet to collect same, should come to the PDP National Secretariat, Wadata Plaza, Wuse Zone 5, Abuja with verifiable evidence of payment for purposes of collection of their forms.”
With the announcement, several politicians – including son of Nigeria’s first Prime Minister Tafawa Balewea, Abdul Jelil and wife of the winner of the 1993 presidential election, M.K.O Abiola, Mrs Zainab Duke-Abiola – are expected to storm Abuja to pick up th forms, with Jeli expected in Abuja on Tuesday, November 4, 2014.
The National Executive Council (NEC) of the PDP had earlier endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan as the party’s sole candidate, urging all law abiding citizens to adhere to the party’s decision and not pick the presidential nomination forms.