The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has announced the commencement of sales of expression of interest forms and nomination forms for all categories of positions ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Debo Ologunagba, PDP National Publicity Secretary, announced the development in a communique Issued at the end of its 95th National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting held on Wednesday at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja.
According to the communique, the NEC agreed among other things to discount by 50 percent the cost of its expression of interest and nomination forms to young people, not more than 30 years.
The party also fixed its expression of interest form for presidential aspirants at N5 million and nomination form at N35 million.
The sale of forms for aspirants into elective positions is expected to commence on Thursday.
The NEC also approved the establishment of a 37-member committee to make recommendations for the zoning of various elective positions for the 2023 elections, and to submit its report to NEC within two weeks.
The communique reads: “The National Executive Committee (NEC), after extensive deliberations on issues of urgent national importance as well as preparations for the 2023 general elections resolved as follows:
“NEC commended the effort of the various organs of our Party, the National Working Committee (NWC), the National Caucus, the National Assembly Caucus, the Board of Trustees (BoT), the PDP Governors’ Forum and our structures at various levels in stabilising our Party for the task ahead.
“NEC also commended the commitment of the National Working Committee (NWC) under the Chairmanship of Sen Dr Iyorchia Ayu to further unite and reposition the Party ahead of the 2023 general elections.
“NEC applauded the NWC for the success of the Party in the Local Government election in the FCT as well as in recent bye-elections across the country. NEC also commended the NWC for successful conduct of the PDP primaries for Ekiti and Osun States’ governorship elections respectively and charged all Party members to work hard to ensure victory in the two elections.
NEC expressed confidence in the ability of the NWC to lead our Party to win the Presidential election, majority of state governors as well as majority of seats in the National and State Assemblies.
“On the state of the nation, NEC strongly condemned the insincerity, corruption and insensitivity of the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led administration resulting in worsening insecurity and agonising economic hardship in the country.
“NEC also condemned the abysmal corruption in the APC government which is responsible for the excruciating fuel crisis and collapse of our national grid that have crippled economic and social activities in our country.
“NEC notes that Nigerians are now looking up to the PDP for solution and as such urged all Party members to remain united in the PDP’s mission to Rescue and Rebuild our country from the misrule of the APC”
On its preparations for the 2023 General Elections, the “NEC approved the PDP Electoral Guidelines for the conduct of Primary Elections
“NEC approved the Timetable and Schedule of Activities of the PDP for the 2023 general elections.
“NEC approved a 50% reduction in nomination fees for youths aged 25 to 30 years for various elective positions.
“NEC also approved the commencement of sale of Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms from Thursday, March 17, 2022.”
The following amounts for expression of interest and nomination forms were approved by NEC:
(i) State House of Assembly -Expression of Interest – N100,000
Nomination Form- N500,000
(ii) House of Representatives- Expression of Interest – N500,000
Nomination Form- N2,000,000
(iii) Senate – Expression of Interest – N500,000
Nomination Form- N3,000,000=
(iv) Governorship – Expression of Interest – N1,000,000=
Nomination Form – N20,000,000=
(v) President – Expression of Interest – N5,000,000=
Nomination Form – N35,000,000=
“NEC also approved the establishment of a 37-member Zoning Committee to make recommendations for the zoning of various elective positions for the 2023 general elections.”