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NIGERIA 2015: PDP cancels presidential primary

Following the adoption of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan as the  sole candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, the party has cancelled its presidential primary election earlier scheduled for December 6.

What will  only be done on Dec 6 would be ratification of the adoption of the president to contest the 2015 election, the National Publicity Secretary of the party said on Friday.

Mr. Olisa Metuh, in a telephone interview said the convention would ratify the decision taken at NEC.

Metuh said, “There is difference between convention and primary. What we are going to have on December 6 at the convention is to ratify the decision taken at NEC.

“There will be no primary again because we already have a candidate and what we will do is that delegates will just ratify him.”

With this arrangement, only President Jonathan is expected to pay the sum of N22m, which the party has fixed as nomination fee for its presidential aspirants.

Governorship aspirants are to pay N11million while senators are to pay N4m, Reps, N2 million and State House of Assembly aspirants, N1m.

The NEC, while approving this as part of its guidelines for the 2014 general elections, added that the presidential primary shall be by special convention using the modified open secret ballot system otherwise known as open secret.

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