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PDP PRIMARIES BEGIN SEPTEMBER 11

Indications emerged in Abuja on Thursday that the Peoples Democratic Party might kick off its primaries on September 11.

The primaries are to elect the party’s candidates for the State Houses of Assembly, the National Assembly, governorship and the presidential elections.

Sources close to the top hierarchy of the PDP also told our correspondent in Abuja on Thursday that the party would release its guidelines for the nomination of the candidates next week.

One of the sources, who is a member of the PDP National Working Committee, said these were a part of the resolutions reached at the committee’s meeting on Wednesday.

The source, who pleaded anonymity said, “Barring any last minute change all of us at the NWC agreed that our primaries, where candidates are to emerge to contest all categories of elections in 2011, will start on September 11.

“We arrived at this date because we all felt that we needed time to sort ourselves out of the crisis expected to arise after the primaries before names are submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission.

“It is so because we know that the new Electoral Act has made it difficult for us and other political parties to embark on substitution. Therefore, we must be careful.

“Concerning the presidential primaries, unlike what was obtained in the past, where we usually gather at Eagle Square for the national convention to elect our flag bearer, it is not going to be so.

“This is because, what we are going to do now will be different as we are planning a staggered series of primary election to be held on a zonal basis.

“The details of this will be in our guidelines which should be released next week. The National Organising Secretary and National Legal Advisers are working out the details.”

He said by tentative arrangement, the party should be able to conclude its presidential primary before October 15.






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