- PDP fixes September 20 for screening of National Assembly, governorship and presidential aspirants
- The party says that candidates will vie for seats in the states’ Houses of Assembly on September 15
- INEC threatens to suspend 2019 general election over political tension
The main opposition party in Nigeria, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has announced new dates for primaries aimed at selecting contestants for the sate House of Assembly, National Assembly and governorship posts ahead of the 2019 general elections.
This Day reports that a notice on Tuesday, September 11, signed by the national organising secretary of PDP, Austin Akobondu, in Abuja showed that the party has fixed September 20, for screening the National Assembly, governorship and presidential aspirants.
The notice stated that on September 15, candidates will vie for seats in the states’ Houses of Assembly, while appeals arising from the exercise earlier fixed for September 17, will now hold on October 4, 2018.
The PDP also noted that senatorial congresses and appeals will hold on September 28 and September 29, respectively, while governorship primaries will hold on September 26 with appeals slated for September 28.
The notice added that the congresses into the National Assembly will hold on September 30, as against the earlier date of September 28. The party said the appeals on these congresses hold on October 2 in the new timetable.
The PDP also extended the last day for the purchase and submission of expression of interest and nomination forms which was supposed to end on September 11 to September 18.
A PDP source said the huge patronage the party continues to receive for expression of interest on the various elective offices up for grabs in the 2019 elections prompted it to announce new dates for primaries.
Meanwhile, the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, has reportedly hinted that the body might be forced to suspend the 2019 general election following threats to violence by some politicians in the country.
Leadership reports that the Yakubu, a professor, stated this in reaction to some disturbing videos of political campaigns in the social media in which some politicians are seen threatening to shed blood.
Yakubu who reportedly spoke when he received briefing from the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Osun state on the progress and the preparedness of the forthcoming governorship election, noted that recent developments and signs in the country’s political landscape calls for greater vigilance.
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