Two members of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP stormed the national secretariat of the party to pick their presidential nomination forms and the Expression of Interest forms, but the party declined to give them.
PDP said it printed only one presidential nomination form and Expression of Interest form and that it was reserved for President Jonathan who had been adopted as the sole presidential candidate of the party.
The presidential aspirants are Abduljelil Tafawa Balewa, son of the former Prime Minister, and a female presidential aspirant, Prof. Akasoba Duke–Abiola, from Kalabari in Rivers State.
She claimed to be one of the wives of the late acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993, election, Chief MKO Abiola.
But both of them were denied the presidential nomination forms and the Expression of Interest forms and asked to come back tomorrow as the presidential forms were not ready.
The son of the former Prime Minister, Belawa told journalists that he obtained a Zenith Bank draft of N20 million for the nomination form and N2 million for the Expression of Interest form, but he was turned down by the officials of the party.
According to Balewa, “I came to the national secretariat of PDP in Wadata House Wuse Zone 5 to obtain my presidential nomination form and Expression of Interest form. I presented to the officials a N20 million presidential nomination teller obtained from the Zenith Bank and another teller of N2 million from the same bank for the Expression of Interest form, but after turning me around from the office of the National Chairman and the National Organising Secretary, I was eventually asked to come back again on Thursday.”
The Zenith Bank account number to which he paid the sum of N22 million, he said is 1012436478.
On why he was asked to come back, he said: “They said the presidential nomination and Expression of Interest forms were not ready as they are busy with the governorship and National Assembly forms.”
According to the PDP presidential aspirant from Bauchi State, “I met the National Secretary and the National Organising Secretary and I was asked to come back on Thursday because the nomination form and Expression of Interest form are not ready.”
When asked why he is picking the presidential nomination of the PDP bearing in mind that the PDP National Executive Committee (NEC) had adopted President Jonathan, he said: “I did not come here on my own. My supporters numbering over 40 million Nigerians comprising the masses, civil society groups are solidly behind my aspiration. I not am fronting for any one and will never front for anyone. My supporters are the downtrodden. These are the people I represent.”
Also speaking, Abiola, who threatened to go to court to enforce her fundamental human rights, said she paid the recommended fee of N2 million Expression of Interest form from the Diamond Bank.
According to her, “The national chairman of the PDP and the National Organising Secretary told me that they printed only one presidential nomination form and that the form is meant for President Goodluck Jonathan who is the sole presidential candidate of the party.
“To me, this is unacceptable. How can a political party as big as the PDP with many followers print only one presidential nomination form, whereas in the guidelines that was made public, there was no place the party said only one presidential nomination form would be printed.
“I have paid for Expression of Interest form because I am exempted from the payment of N20 million and the law of equity said that when a payment is made, it would be followed by a service. What is happening is a misrepresentation and manipulation of what PDP stands for. I am not asking that I should be given back my money. I am asking that I be given the presidential nomination form that I have paid for. This is what equity stands for.
“As I speak now, there is no vacancy in Aso Rock. The Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria says there shall be vacancy in Aso Rock, once every four years and this is why I paid and obtained for the presidential nomination form.”
She threatened that if she is not given the presidential nomination form, she might resort to court to enforce her fundamental human right.