By Dirisu Yakubu
ABUJA—The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday, fixed Anambra State governorship primary election for Saturday, August 19, 2017.
In an announcement signed by the PDP National Organizing Secretary, Senator Abdul Ningi, sale and return of Expression of Interest/Nomination Forms commenced on Friday, July 21 and would end on August 7, 2017 at the party’s National Secretariat, Wadata Plaza, Abuja.
Screening of aspirants for the poll would last from August 9-10 while collection of election forms from the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC (Nomination Forms, CF001 AND CF002) is slated for August 23 to 25, 2017.
According to the announcement published on the party’s official Twitter handle @OfficialPDPNig, INEC will on Monday, September 25, and November 2, 2017 publish candidates’ Form CF001 and Notice of Poll, respectively.
The election is expected to hold on Saturday, November 18 with a run-off seven days later in the event of any of the flag bearers unable to garner sufficient votes to be declared outright winner.
The PDP faces a fight to finish against All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, whose likely candidate and incumbent governor, Willie Obiano, is seeking a second term in office.
Also in the race are the trio of Osita Chidoka, Godwin Ezeemo and Senator Andy Uba, aspiring for the tickets of the United Peoples Party, UPP; Progressive Peoples Alliance, PPA, and All Progressives Congress, respectively among others.