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2023: PDP releases pre-election schedule, fixes presidential primary poll for May 28

Author:
Samuel Akpan

The national working committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has released its schedule of activities ahead of the 2023 general election. 

The timetable which was signed by Umar Bature, the national organising secretary of the PDP, was officially released on Wednesday after the joint meeting of the board of trustees (BOT) and national executive committee (NEC) of the party at its headquarters in Abuja. 

According to the timetable, the national convention to elect the party’s presidential candidate will take place on May 28, while the governorship primaries will take place on May 21.

TheCable had reported that aspirants interested in contesting the presidential election will get the nomination form for N35 million, while youths aged between 25 and 30 will get 50 percent discount on the nomination form fees.

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The sale of forms for aspirants into elective positions commences on Thursday (today).

BELOW IS THE SCHEDULE FOR PDP ACTIVITIES AHEAD OF 2023 ELECTIONS

MARCH 17: The party will send notice of election to state chapters.

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MARCH 17-23: Membership drive will be conducted for new and old members.

MARCH 17-APRIL 1: The commencement of sales and purchase of expression of interest and nomination forms for all offices.

APRIL 6-15: Last date for submission of already completed expression of interest and nomination forms for state house of assembly, house of representatives and senate, governorship and presidential seats respectively, on each day.

APRIL 9-18: Screening of aspirants for state house of assembly, house of representatives, senate and presidential seats respectively, on each day from April 9 to April 18.

APRIL 14-21: The screening appeals of aspirants for the house of assembly, house of representatives and senate and presidential seats will take place, respectively, on each day from April 14 to April 21.

APRIL 23: Ward congresses to elect three-man ad-hoc ward delegates (one of whom shall be a woman) will be held.

APRIL 26: Appeal for ward congresses will take place.

APRIL 29: Local government congresses to elect one national delegate per LGA and the nomination of one person living with disability will take place.

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MAY 2: Local government congresses appeal will be conducted.

MAY 5: List of delegates will be published.

MAY 7: State assembly congress will be held.

MAY 10: Appeals on state assembly congresses will be heard.

MAY 12: House of representatives congresses will take place.

MAY 14: Senatorial district congresses will be conducted.

MAY 18: Appeals on the house of representatives and senatorial district congresses will be entertained.

MAY 21: Governorship primaries will be conducted across the country.

MAY 24: Appeals on governorship primaries will be heard.

MAY 25: NEC meeting will be convened to approve all elected candidates at all levels.

MAY 28-29: Special national convention to elect a presidential candidate will be held.

MAY 31: Presentation of certificates of return to all candidates will take place.

JUNE 3: Last day for the conduct of all party primaries and resolutions.

JUNE 4: Screening of vice-presidential candidate nominee and certification will take place.

JUNE 6: Screening of deputy governorship candidates and certification will be held.

JUNE 10-17: Electronic nomination/submission of forms EC9 and EC13 to INEC will take place.

JULY 15: Last date for withdrawal by candidates/replacement of withdrawn candidates

SEPTEMBER 28: Commencement of campaigns.

DECEMBER: 30: Last date for the nomination of agents.

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