- Ahead of the upcoming local government elections, the Delta state PDP chapter has decided to give nomination forms to women for free
- The state PDP local government chapters have also been directed to reserve at least three slots of councillorship candidates for female aspirants
- The opposition party’s candidates for the January 6, 2018 council elections would emerge later this month
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Delta state chapter, has stated that female politicians running for elective positions on the party’s platform in the state’s upcoming local government elections, would get their nomination forms free of charge, Punch reports.
The development was made public by Kingsley Esiso, the Delta state PDP chairman, at a press conference in Asaba, the state capital, on Saturday, November 8.
NAIJ.com gathers that Esisi disclosed that the free forms for women was Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s way of encouraging women in the state to take part in politics.
However, for male aspirants, tickets for chairmanship and councillorship seats have been pegged at N1m and N200,000 respectively; and the monies would be non-refundable once the forms have been purchased.
Esiso further disclosed that all Delta state PDP local government chapters have been directed to reserve at least three slots of councillorship candidates for female aspirants.
The council elections in the state are expected to take place on January 6, 2018, and the opposition party’s candidates for the polls would emerge this month.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the Delta state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was dealt a huge blow when over 300 of its members decamped to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The defection took place in Aniocha-north local government area of the state.
Jerome Azike, the chairman of the APC who received the defectors in the local government area, said he was happy to receive them, stating that "it shows the wind of change is already blowing."
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