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PDP still divided over presidential, govs primaries

By Henry Umoru
ABUJA—FOR the second day running, the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, failed to reach a compromise on the torny issue of whether the  governorship, or the presidential primaries, should hold first.

They, however, agreed that aspirants for the Presidential nomination would cough out N10 million each; governorship N5 million, Senatorial N3 million, House of Representatives N2 million while state House of Assembly will cost N1 million.

As at press time last night the leaders were still locked in a stormy session, despite reconvening twice and even breaking mid way to go brief President Goodluck Jonathan on the deadlock. Yesterday’s meeting, which convened after the NWC members failed to reach a consensus on this issue a day earlier  entered into yet another very stormy session as the leaders could still not agree on the burning issue of  sequence of the party’s primaries.

The meetings which held inside the office of the National Chairman, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo and ran into several hours, still had majority of members of the National Working Committee, NWC, not agreeing. While some were for aligning the PDP with INEC guidelines, others sharply disagreed.

The order stipulates that the Presidential election should hold before that of the governorship election.
Vanguard learnt that the members insisted that gubernatorial primary must hold first.

The NWC members, as gathered, were not too comfortable with the National Chairman on his position, and there were  indications that he was almost the only man standing on the issue of primary of governors holding first. The source said that while Nwodo wanted the INEC time table to be followed to the letter, some NWC members objected.

Vanguard was told that the issue has become very controversial with the NWC members, against the backdrop that they must not rush to approve the guidelines that would not be in line with the approved Electoral Act.

The outcome of the meeting was not made official to newsmen at press time, just as Nwodo led other members of the NWC to the Villa immediately after the first meeting to brief the President and leader of the party, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, on resolutions reached ahead of today’s emergency National Executive Committee, NEC, meeting.

Members of the NWC who went to the Villa to brief the President returned to the national Secretariat of the party at 6.40 pm only to enter into another round of meeting at 7.30 pm to brainstorm on the discussions they had with the President.

It was also gathered that part of what the NWC members were forwarding to the President for his perusal was the proposed nomination fee which, according to the source, aspirants for the Presidential nomination are to cough out N10 million each. The governorship will cost N5 million, Senatorial N3 million, House of Representatives N2 million while state House of Assembly will cost N1 million.

There were very strong indications that members of the Party were set for today’s National Executive Committee, NEC, meeting where the dates and guidelines of the party are expected to be ratified by the organ of the party. President Jonathan is also billed to attend the meeting.

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