(By Chris K.Amadi)-Determined to take over government at the centre, the Peoples Democratic Party ,PDP, has rolled out a time table leading to the emergence of its presidential flag bearer between October 5 and 6, 2018.
In his presentation to the National Executive Committee, NEC, of PDP in Abuja on Monday, National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, hinted on the dates set aside for the national convention, in line with Independent National Electoral Commission’s 2019 general elections timetable which requires political parties to commence and conclude the conduct of primaries between August 17 and October7, 2018.
Besides, Prince Secondus stated that his presentation was to enable members of the NEC to study and give their blessing to the proposal, which suggested October 7 for hearing of appeals from aggrieved aspirants, while certificates of return would be presented on October 20 to the presidential, governorship, senatorial and House of Representatives flag bearers of the party in Abuja.
He also disclosed the party’s plan to hold governorship primaries on Friday, September 28, and appeals on Sunday, September 30.
Prince Secondus further stated: “The senatorial primaries have also been fixed for Sunday, September 23, while appeals emanating from the primaries are to be heard on September 25.
“The House of Representatives candidates of the party are to emerge at its primaries scheduled for Wednesday, September 19, while appeals by aggrieved aspirants are to be heard two days later by the appeal committee.
“State House of Assembly candidates are to be known on Saturday, September 15, while the electoral panel will sit on disputed cases on Monday, September 17.
“On screening of the aspirants, the party has set up five dates for the exercise.
“It will start with House of Assembly aspirants on August 27, while that of House of Representatives will follow the following day.
“Senatorial candidates are to be screened on Wednesday, August 29, while that of the governorship and presidential aspirants will be on August 30.
“The party also fixed different dates for appeal for all the categories of the offices.”
Meanwhile, things are falling apart in the ruling All Progressives Congress, with their members defecting in droves to the PDP, especially at the National Assembly.
On Tuesday, 15 APC senators and 37 House of Representatives members crossed over to the PDP, just as the breakaway Reformed APC members have since publicly declared their intention not to return. The senators who left APC on Monday include:
At press time, PDP members across Nigeria were in high spirits, hinting that the process for their return to power has begun in earnest.
According to Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, the PDP has taken over the Senate and is set to do the same at the House of Representatives, urging Nigerians to look forward to a new and development oriented government in 2019.