EXCLUSIVE: PDP sets dates for gubernatorial and presidential primaries

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has set dates for the governorship and presidential primaries.

The programme, obtained by TheCable, was signed by Umar Bature, the party’s national organizing secretary.

Last Saturday, the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) published the schedule of activities for the 2023 general election.

TheCable understands that the screening process will fall during the 2022 Ramadan season, according to the PDP schedule.

The 30-day period of Ramadan will begin on April 2.

Specifically, the selection of candidates for the House of Assembly, the House of Representatives, the Senate, the governorship and the presidential seats will take place, respectively, each day from March 29 to April 2.

According to the schedule, the process would start on March 7 with the official publication of the schedule and end on October 21, 2022.

BELOW THE CALENDAR OF PDP ACTIVITIES BEFORE THE 2023 ELECTIONS

MARCH 7

The National Working Committee (NWC) of the party will publish the timetable and guidelines for its activities and will also constitute congresses and congress committees.

8 MARCH

The party will send notice of congresses and conventions to INEC

MARCH 9

The party will send notice of the election to state chapters.

MARCH 11

The party will publish its timetable for the 2023 elections in national newspapers.

MARCH 21ST

Beginning of the sale and purchase of forms for all offices.

MARCH 22

Appointment of members of electoral commissions and appeals commissions.

MARCH 26

Last day for submission of applications and expression of interest forms.

MARCH 28

Publication of the composition of the committees and sub-committees of the congress.

MARCH 29 — APRIL 2

The selection of candidates for the House of Assembly, the House of Representatives, the Senate, the governorship and the presidential seats will take place, respectively, each day from March 29 to April 2.

APRIL 4 — APRIL 6

Shortlisting calls for candidates for the House of Assembly, House of Representatives and Senate seats will take place, respectively, daily from April 4 through April 6.

APRIL 11

Neighborhood conventions to elect ad hoc delegates of 3 members will take place.

APRIL 12

Neighborhood convention calls will take place.

APRIL 14

LGA conventions to elect national delegates will take place.

APRIL 15

Calls for LGA Congresses will be conducted

APRIL 16

The party’s National Working Committee (NWC) will publish the lists of delegates in national newspapers.

APRIL 18

The state house of assembly primaries will be held in all states of the federation.

APRIL 19

Appeals on the assembly’s state house primaries will be heard.

APRIL 22

Congresses of the House of Representatives to elect the candidates who will stand for federal constituency elections will be organized.

APRIL 23

Appeals on House of Representatives conventions will be allowed.

APRIL 25

Senatorial district conventions to elect the candidates who will stand for senatorial elections will be organized.

APRIL 26

Appeals on district senatorial conventions will be heard.

APRIL 28

The date of the primaries for the election of governors at state conventions.

APRIL 29

Calls on the gubernatorial primaries will be entertained.

APRIL 30

The presidential primary election will take place during the national convention.

MAY 1

Calls on the presidential primary will be heard.

MAY 4

The party’s national working committee will issue certificates of return to all candidates.

JUNE 10 — JUNE 17

Submission of names and forms of candidates for President and National Assembly to INEC.

JULY 1 — JULY 15

Submission of names and forms of gubernatorial nominees and state house assembly nominees to INEC.

SEPTEMBER 28

Beginning of the campaigns.

OCTOBER 14

The last day for the withdrawal of presidential and national assembly candidates and the replacement of distraught candidates.

21ST OF OCTOBER

The last day for the state chamber’s removal of assembly and gubernatorial nominees and the replacement of withdrawn nominees.


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