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PDP fixes dates for governorship, presidential primaries

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has fixed dates for the governorship and presidential primaries , TheCable reports.

The schedule was signed by Umar Bature, the national organising secretary of the party.

Last Saturday, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) released the schedule of activities for the 2023 general election.

The screening process will fall during the 2022 Ramadan season, according to the PDP schedule.

The 30-day Ramadan period will start from April 2.

Specifically, the screening of aspirants for the house of assembly, house of representatives, senate, governorship and presidential seats will take place, respectively, on each day from March 29 to April 2.

According to the schedule, the process would start March 7 with the official release of the timetable and ends October 21, 2022.

BELOW IS THE SCHEDULE FOR PDP ACTIVITIES AHEAD OF 2023 ELECTIONS

MARCH 7

The party’s national working committee (NWC) will release the timetable and guidelines for its activities and equally constitutes congresses and convention committees

MARCH 8

The party will send notice of congresses and conventions to INEC

MARCH 9

The party will send notice of election to state chapters.

MARCH 11

The party will publish its timetable for the 2023 elections in national newspapers.

MARCH 21

The commencement of sales and purchase of forms for all offices.

MARCH 22

Nomination of members of electoral committees and appeal panels.

MARCH 26

Final day for the submission of nomination and expression of interest forms.

MARCH 28

Publication of membership of committees, and convention sub-committees.

MARCH 29 — APRIL 2

The screening of aspirants for the house of assembly, house of representatives, senate, governorship and presidential seats will take place, respectively, on each day from March 29 to April 2.

APRIL 4 — APRIL 6

The screening appeals of aspirants for the house of assembly, house of representatives and senate seats will take place, respectively, on each day from April 4 to April 6.

APRIL 11

The ward congresses to elect 3-member ad-hoc delegates will take place.

APRIL 12

Ward congresses appeals will take place.

APRIL 14

The LGA congresses to elect national delegates will take place.

APRIL 15

Appeals for the LGA congresses will be conducted

APRIL 16

The national working committee (NWC) of the party will publish delegates’ lists in national newspapers.

APRIL 18

The state house of assembly primaries will be conducted across the states of the federation.

APRIL 19

Appeals on state house of assembly primaries will be heard.

APRIL 22

House of representatives congresses to elect candidates who will contest for the federal constituency elections will be conducted.

APRIL 23

Appeals on the house of representatives congresses will be entertained.

APRIL 25

Senatorial district congresses to elect candidates who will contest for the senatorial elections will be conducted.

APRIL 26

Appeals on the senatorial district congresses will be heard.

APRIL 28

The date for governorship election primaries at the state congresses.

APRIL 29

Appeals on governorship primaries will be entertained.

APRIL 30

The presidential primary election will be conducted at the national convention.

MAY 1

Appeals on the presidential primary will be heard.

MAY 4

The party’s national working committee will present certificates of returns to all candidates.

JUNE 10 — JUNE 17

Submission of presidential and national assembly candidates’ names and forms to INEC.

JULY 1 — JULY 15

Submission of governorship and state house of assembly candidates’ names and forms to INEC.

SEPTEMBER 28

Commencement of campaigns.

OCTOBER 14

The last day for withdrawal by presidential and national assembly candidates and replacement of withdrawn candidates.

OCTOBER 21

The last day for withdrawal by the state house of assembly and governorship candidates and replacement of withdrawn candidates.

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