PDP shifts primaries for Lagos LG polls over excessive number of aspirants

PDP shifts primaries for Lagos LG polls over excessive number of aspirants

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State has disclosed that it has shifted primaries for its councillorship aspirants to May 28 to enable the party to conclude screening of candidates ahead of the July 24 local government elections.

The PDP Chairman in Lagos, Mr Adedeji Doherty, made this call in Lagos on Monday, May 24; while stating that the primaries, earlier scheduled for May 25, would now hold three days later.

“We have moved it a bit forward. Most likely it is going to happen on Thursday or Friday. We have opted to move it forward; because we have quite a lot of responses from the aspirants for the councillorship seats.

“We didn’t think we were going to have that many aspirants; but we have quite a lot. So, our screening procedure has been extended,” Doherty said.

On the chairmanship primaries earlier slated for May 28, the PDP boss said that the party was still looking at it.

He added that the party would field candidates in all the chairmanship; and councillorship seats across the 20 Local Government Areas and 37 Local Council Development Areas of the state.

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The Lagos PDP had fixed May 25 forward congresses/councillorship primaries, while appeals arising from the congresses would be heard on May 26.

May 28 had been scheduled for local government congresses/chairmanship primaries, while appeals arising from the congresses would be heard on May 29, before the submission of names of PDP candidates to the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) on May 31.

Meanwhile, the stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the southwest region have condemned separatist tendencies and violence in various parts of the country.

This call by the APC leaders was made on Sunday, May 23, at the Lagos House in Marina; while expressing concerns over the insecurity situation in the country and asked the government to protect the victims.

Those in attendance included APC National Leader, Bola Tinubu; former interim national chairman of the party, Bisi Akande; former Chief of Army Staff, General Alani Akinrinade; and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu; as well as his counterparts in Ogun and Osun States, Dapo Abiodun and Adegboyega Oyetola, also attended the meeting.

Akande noted that they have endorsed the position of the southern governors to ban open grazing and movement of cattle by foot.

They also urged the Federal Government to consider the option of true federalism that would give more powers to the state governments.

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