The purchase and submission of Expression of Interest and Nomination forms by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) aspirants close today even as the scramble for delegates by the party’s presidential aspirants intensified.
The presidential aspirants visited many state chapters of the People’s Democratic Party yesterday to woo key leaders and delegates ahead of the proposed primary.
AN24TV has also gathered that eight aspirants have so far submitted their documents to the National Secretariat of the opposition party in Abuja.
However, more aspirants are expected to comply with the directive on today’s deadline.
Aspirants who have submitted their forms include Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal, and former Senate President Anyim Pius Anyim.
Others are Muhammed Hayatu-Deen, publisher Dele Momodu and Nwachukwu Anakwenze.
However, there is no consensus among the aspirants as the proposal for a consensus candidate initiated by Tambuwal, former Senate President Bukola Saraki, Bala Mohammed and Hayatu-Deen was thrown out.
Wike yesterday pleaded with party delegates to pick him to avoid defeat in next year’s election. He urged members of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) to support him.
Meanwhile, Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal has submitted his presidential nomination form at the party secretariat, promising to lift the country if given the ticket and elected as president in 2023.
Also, Ex-Anambra Governor Peter Obi met with the state delegates and promised to fix Nigeria if given the chance to lead.
AN24TV also gathered that 17 aspirants are vying for the party’s presidential ticket in the 2023 general elections.