Abuja - The People's Democratic Party (PDP) says it will not offer automatic tickets to any aspirant in the November 21 governorship election in Kogi.
The National Organising Secretary, of the party, Abubakar Mustapha, announced this when he briefed newsmen after the National Working Committee (NWC) meeting in Abuja on Wednesday.
Mustapha said the party would not impose any candidate on the people and credible people would be used to conduct the party’s primaries.
"Kogi state is PDP and we are ready to retain the state. We have found it necessary to conduct free, fair and credible primaries.
"We appeal to all, especially our teeming supporters in Kogi, to go about the primaries in peaceful manner," he said.
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According to Mustapha, the party has fixed August 17 to August 24 for the sales and return of nomination forms for Kogi election, while screening of gubernatorial aspirants is on August 27.
He explained that ward congresses for the election of three ad hoc delegates for the state would take place on September 3 as against state congress for gubernatorial primary on August 10.
On Edo governorship election, Mustapha said sales and return of completed nomination forms had been scheduled for September 1 to September 9, while ward congresses for election of ward executives is September 12.
He said the party in Edo had informed the NWC that the state, local and wards executives tenure would expire in September.
The organising secretary said local government congresses for election of local government executive members and national delegates would be September 16.
He said, however, that state congress for the state executive members would come up on September 23.