By Chris Ochayi
ABUJA: LESS than twelve hours to his formal presidential declaration, President Goodluck Jonathan has picked the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP nomination form as well as that of expression of interest, to contest the 2011 presidential election under the party’s platform.
Jonathan paid N10 million for the nomination form and N1 million for the expression of interest
Director General of Jonathan/Sambo presidential campaign organisation, Senator Dalhatu Tafida led other members of the campaign organisation to Peoples
Democratic Party, PDP national secretariat to pick the forms at about 6.45 pm yesterday.
Senator Tafida, who is also the Nigeria’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom was accompanied by the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Godsday Orubebe, who is also the Deputy Director General of the organisation, former Minister and Special Adviser to the President (Special Duties), Dr. Isaiah Balat, former Minister of Sport, Dr. Seidu Samaila Sambawa,
Tafida told journalists shortly after the ceremony that, “we have come to pick the nomination form of our candidate who is Dr. Goodluck Jonathan who is the current president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Tafida who told displayed the forms on emerging from the Wadata House Headquarters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said the action of the President was in compliance with the party’s rules on due process.
“The action of Mr. President is a symbol of adherence to due process, we have been told, in accordance with the party’s guidelines the we have to come and pay for the expression of interest form and also for the nomination form and we have paid and collected the forms”
Tafida who declared that all arrangements on security and accommodation have been painstakingly taken care of against today’s presidential declaration, noted, “President Jonathan’s actions were good signs for the country’s democracy.”