- PDP aspirants made last minute dashes to the party’s secretariat on Wednesday, September 5, to submit their forms
- One aspirant used the opportunity to clear the air on insinuations making the rounds that the party might be forced to settle for the northwest in its search for a presidential candidate
- Among those who submitted their forms on Wednesday were Senators Rabiu Kwankwaso and Datti Baba-Ahmed
There was a flurry of activity at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) secretariat on Wednesday, September 5, as aspirants for various political offices made last minute dashes to submit their expression of interest and nomination forms ahead of the deadline.
The aspirants waved to the crowds, while being accompanied by their family members and some party chieftains, as they rushed to submit their forms, Vanguard reports.
NAIJ.com gathers that while submitting his forms, a former minister of special duties, Kabiru Tanimu Turaki, used the opportunity to clear the air on insinuations making the rounds that the party might be forced to settle for the northwest in its search for a presidential candidate.
The presidential hopeful, represented by his director of media, Kabiru Turaki Campaign Organisation, Sola Atere, ruled out any chance of pulling out of the race. He insisted that it was the party’s delegates who would determine who gets the ticket.
Also speaking on behalf of the Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, his senior special assistant (special duties), Abraham Kwanghngu, said his boss was ready to re-contest for the governorship with confidence.
He insisted that Benue people were solidly behind Ortom’s second term bid and berated those not comfortable with the governor’s decision to return to the PDP.
Kwanghngu said: “Our constitution as a party does not even have room for automatic ticket, but the governor has the first right of refusal. But we are ready to go into contest with any other person that wants to go in."
Other aspirants who also submitted their forms included Senators Rabiu Kwankwaso and Datti Baba-Ahmed.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday announced the extension of the sale and submission of its presidential, gubernatorial and National Assembly nomination forms.
The party said aspirants for the positions can now buy and submit their forms on Monday, September 10, rather than the earlier deadline of Thursday, September 6.
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