Nigeria's major opposition party has released a list of guidelines for presidential aspirants within the party.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in a 40-paged document titled, ‘Electoral Guideline for the PDP, Directorate of Organisation and Mobilisation' said all presidential aspirants of the party would pay N12 million for both nomination form and expression of interest forms.
The party also said that female political aspirants are expected to pay N2 million for expression of interest form and are exempted from nomination fee payment.
Punch reports that the document explained that the modalities were signed by the national chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus and the national secretary of the party, Umaru Tsauri.
Read below a list of guidelines for presidential aspirants of the PDP:
1. N12 million for both nomination form and expression of interest forms.
2. Female aspirants are expected to pay N2 million for expression of interest form and are exempted from nomination fee payment.
3. All aspirants are to swear to an oath to abide by the decisions of the party on the conduct of its primary elections.
4. Each aspirant must be nominated by not less than 60 persons from at least two-thirds of all the states of the federation who shall be registered voters in their respective local government areas and also registered members of the party.
5. A copy of the voter’s registration card of the aspirant shall be attached to the duly completed nomination form
6. To be accompanied by a sworn declaration made before a commissioner of oaths or notary public; undertaking to abide by the guidelines, all laws and any rules or regulations made by the party for the conduct of the primary elections.
7. The decision of the National Executive Committee of the party on all primary elections shall be final and binding.”
8. PPD NEC would appoint a Presidential Screening Committee on the recommendation of the NWC.
9. The committee shall consist of a chairman and eight others. One from each geo-political zone, plus two women (one from the north and another from the south).”
10. Aggrieved aspirants, who fail the screening exercise, would be free to appeal to a panel that would be led by Secondus, which will also include all other members of the NWC.
11. An aspirant shall obtain the expression of interest forms code PD002/P upon payment of the non-refundable fee of N2m from the national secretariat of the party or such place as may be designated by the NWC of the party, and, on completion, return same to the national secretariat.
12. An aspirant shall obtain Nomination Form code PD003/P from the national secretariat of the party or such other place designated by the NWC of the party and evidenced upon payment of the prescribed non-refundable fee of N10m, save that female aspirants shall be exempted from the payment of the prescribed nomination fee.
13. All the aspirants must be “duly registered financial members of the party.”
14. Aspirant with the highest number of votes at the end of voting shall be declared the winner of the primary.
15. A date and venue for the convention would be made known, at least seven days before the event (convention).
16. The presidential aspirants must be citizens of Nigeria by birth and that they must not be below the age of 40.
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17. The aspirants are also expected to be registered voters and must attach a copy of their voter card and registration cards to their duly completed form code PD003/P.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that opposition party had apologised to Nigerians for the mistakes made while in power.
The PDP said the party has learnt from its mistakes and ready to provide quality leadership for the country.
Secondus said the party has embarked on a rescue mission and together we will salvage this nation back from the grip of the APC.
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