The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Tuesday announced new dates for the submission of nomination forms and primaries for various elective posts to be contested in the 2019 general elections.
The PDP made the announcement in a notice issued by Austin Akobundu, its National Organising Secretary in Abuja.
According to the notice, the last day for the purchase of the expression of interest and nomination forms National Assembly, governorship and presidential aspirants is now September 17, as against the earlier stipulated date of September 10.
Submission day of the nomination forms for the same category of aspirants listed above has now been extended by seven days to September 18, from the initial date of September 11.
In the same vein, the screening of aspirants under the party originally scheduled for September 13, has now been shifted to September 20 for National Assembly aspirants, September 22 for governorship aspirants, and September 24 for presidential aspirants.
The PDP State Houses of Assembly primaries which were fixed for September 15 has now been moved to October 2, while appeals arising from the conduct of the primaries will now be held on October 4, from the previous date of September 17.
Similarly, the PDP stated that its House of Representatives primaries will now hold on September 30, two days after the previously scheduled date of September 28, while appeals concerning the election will now be held on October 2, a day difference from the former planned of October 1.
The party also disclosed that its senatorial primaries have been brought forward to September 28 from the initial date of October 2, while appeals from the election will now take place on September 29, as against the previously announced date of October 3.
Furthermore, the PDP governorship primaries have now been scheduled to hold on September 26 instead of October 3, while appeals will subsequently be held on September 28, rather than October 4.
The National Convention of the PDP, where all the elected delegates are expected to formally ratify the election of the party's presidential candidate, remains unchanged from the scheduled dates of October 5-6.
This would be the second time the opposition party has announced a change in date for both the submission of forms and conduct of the primaries.
According to a statement later released by Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, "this clarification is sequel to enquiries from the public and vast majority of Nigerians who are now rallying on the platform of our repositioned PDP to vote out the President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) and return our nation to the path of national cohesion and economic prosperity, come 2019.