Ahead of December 6 National Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP where President Goodluck Jonathan, the sole presidential candidate of the party would be ratified, the National leadership of the party, yesterday made a U- Turn, saying the Presidential forms were now available for all.
Reports have it that the U-turn made by the party on this might not be unconnected 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 on Tuesday last week to purchase the forms, but were turned back.
A member of the National Working Committee of the party said the party decided to sell the forms to interested persons because of this.
He 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.”
According to a two paragraph statement Monday night by PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, the party urged all those who have paid for the Expression of Interest and nomination forms which include that of the president should visit the party’s National Secretariat to pick the forms.
Metuh who insisted that sale of forms for aspirants closes on Thursday this week , said, “The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) 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, 6th November 2014.