23 May 2002

Nigeria: PDP Gets Ready for Aug 10 Polls in Jos

THE PDP in Plateau State Tuesday flagged off the sale of forms for members wishing to vie for positions in the local government election scheduled for August 10.

State Chairman of the party, Alhaji Habu Shondai who announced the commencement of the sale of forms said this followed the release of guidelines for the election by the party's national secretariat.

He said in a statement that aspirants were expected to first obtain a form of intent to contest, after which they can take the nomination form.

According to him, it is only after an aspirant has obtained the form to indicate his interest in contesting for either chairmanship or councillorship that he or she would be eligible to obtain the nomination form.

The chairman advised interested aspirants to obtain the form of intent from the state secretariat of the party as from Monday while the nomination forms would be available as from Wednesday at the state and LG secretariats of the party.

He said chairmanship aspirants were expected to pay a non-refundable deposit of N10,000 while councillorship aspirants were expected to pay N5,000 in line with the party's policy. To encourage female aspirants, they are not expected to pay any deposit.Vanguard learnt last weekend that jostling for the chairmanship of the 17 local government areas has heightened, especially with most of the incumbent chairmen scheming to be returned.

Sources said apart from a few of them who are not favoured by the zoning arrangement in their local government, which meant that another part of the area would produce the next chairman, most other chairmen have established campaign machinery to seek re-election.

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