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PDP unveils ambitious roadmap: Primaries set for February 2024 By-Elections with focus on inclusivity and youth participation



PDP unveils ambitious roadmap: Primaries set for February 2024 By-Elections with focus on inclusivity and youth participation

In a strategic move to prepare for the upcoming by-elections slated for February 3, 2024, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has taken a decisive step by announcing January 8, 2024, as the date for its primaries. The party’s National Organising Secretary, Umar Bature, revealed this critical information through a meticulously detailed timetable and schedule of activities aimed at ensuring a seamless and inclusive electoral process.


According to the released schedule, the sales of nomination and expression of interest forms are set to kick off from December 28, 2023, and will run through January 3, 2024. This period provides aspiring candidates in the Ebonyi South Senatorial District of Ebonyi State; Yobe East Senatorial District of Yobe State; Plateau North Senatorial District of Plateau State; Akoko North East/Akoko North West Federal Constituency of Ondo State, and other key constituencies, the opportunity to obtain the requisite forms to officially declare their intent to run.


NAN reports that The screening of aspirants is scheduled for January 4, 2024, signaling a crucial phase in the lead-up to the primaries. Following this, the appeal for party primaries will be heard on January 9, 2024, reflecting the party’s commitment to a fair and just internal electoral process. Candidates must ensure the submission of their names to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) nomination portal by January 12, underlining the adherence to electoral guidelines. The deadline for the nomination of party agents is set for January 20, 2024.


One of the noteworthy aspects of the PDP’s preparations is the financial aspect, as the party has outlined costs for various forms. The expression of interest form for the Senate and House of Representatives is set at ₦500,000 each, while the nomination form costs ₦3 million and ₦2 million, respectively. For the House of Assembly, the expression of interest form is pegged at ₦100,000, with the nomination form set at ₦600,000.


Crucially, the PDP has demonstrated a commitment to promoting youth involvement in the political process. A 50% discount on nomination forms has been extended to youths below 40 years, encouraging their active participation in the democratic process. This move aligns with the broader narrative of youth empowerment and inclusion in political leadership, recognizing the valuable perspectives and energy that young individuals bring to the table.


In addition, the party has made provisions for gender inclusivity and the inclusion of Persons Living with Disabilities (PWD). Female aspirants and PWDs are only required to pay for expression of interest forms, highlighting the party’s dedication to fostering a diverse and representative political landscape.


Umar Bature, the National Organising Secretary, reiterated the importance of strict adherence to the established timelines and guidelines. Emphasizing the need for a transparent and inclusive electoral process, Bature underscored the party’s commitment to providing a level playing field for all aspirants. The PDP aims to set a precedent for democratic governance by facilitating an environment that embraces diverse voices and perspectives.


As the political landscape gears up for the February 2024 by-elections, the PDP’s proactive approach and emphasis on inclusivity and youth participation stand out as noteworthy features. The party’s commitment to conducting a transparent, fair, and accessible electoral process serves as a testament to its dedication to democratic principles and the collective advancement of the Nigerian political landscape.

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