Exactly two days to the close of the sale of the People’s Democratic Party’s presidential the party has said that any member interested in the party’s presidential primary can obtain the forms.
The party called on all interested aspirants to freely come and obtain their nomination forms from the national headquarters of the party with attached proof of payment.
This was stated by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Chief Olisa Metuh, in a statement in Abuja on Monday.
According to the statement, “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, November 6, 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 a verifiable evidence of payment for purposes of collection of their forms.”
Reports say that the change in decision made by the party might be connected with the position of two presidential aspirants, Dr. Abdul-Jhalil Tafawa-Balewa and Prof. Akasoba Duke-Abiola, who were at the national secretariat of the party in Abuja last week to purchase the forms, but were not allowed.
Tafawa-Balewa is the son of Nigeria’s First Republic Prime Minister, the late Abubakar Tafawa-Balewa.
Earlier, President Jonathan was endorsed by the PDP as its sole presidential candidate, however despite this sales of the presidential forms were still carried out.
Speaking on the issue, a member of the National Working Committee of the party, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said, “We know the legal implication of what we did. It was a mistake on our part to have advertised that the presidential forms are available for sale in the first place. The situation became worse when we have even collected money from aspirants and we refused to sell the forms to them. That’s one of the reasons why we changed our mind.”