The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Monday, reversed its decision to shut out other presidential aspirants after it adopted President Goodluck Jonathan as sole presidential candidate. Olisa Metuh, PDP National Publicity Secretary, said “All aspirants who paid for nomination forms, including the Presidential Form, but yet to collect same should come to the PDP National Secretariat with verifiable evidence of payment for purposes of collection of their forms.’’
Metuh’s statement, also, convey extension of deadline for purchase and collection of all nomination forms to 6 November. The reversal may not be disconnected from a threat by one of its presidential aspirant, Dr. Abdul Jhalil Tafawa-Balewa, to sue the party for barring him from the contest. Tafawa-Balewa is a scion of
Nigeria`s first Prime Minister, Abubakar Tafawa-Balewa. He complained of paying the required fee for the form, but not given. Another plank to the reversal, according to a PDP source, is to allow governorship contenders, other than those favoured by PDP governors to succeed them, a level-playing field. The governors were reported to have demanded, as payback for their adoption of Jonathan, the privilege to choose their successors and control party machineries in their respective states.