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PDP Rejects Two Presidential Aspirants After Collecting Their 24m

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The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP turned back two presidential aspirants who were at its national headquarters in Abuja to pick their presidential nomination forms on Tuesday.

The aspirants, Dr. Abdul-Jhalil Tafawa-Balewa, who is the son of Nigeria's First Republic Prime Minister, the late Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, and Prof. Akasoba Duke-Abiola, were at the national secretariat of the party in Abuja on Tuesday to purchase the forms, but they were turned back.

Reports have it that all the caucuses of the party, including the National Executive Council had endorsed President Jonathan as its sole presidential candidate.

Tafawa-Balewa had on September 21 condemned the action, which he said was a plot by the leadership of the party to frustrate other presidential aspirants.

He insisted that he would not be intimidated by such a decision and vowed not to be cowed.He wondered the type of democracy that was being practised by the PDP.

“What type of democracy do we have? Is the PDP a communist party? Where is the place of internal democracy?”, he had asked.

On Tuesday, Tafawa-Balewa stormed the party’s national secretariat with his supporters and bank tellers, with which he had hoped to purchase the presidential nomination and expression of interest forms.

The bank tellers indicated that he deposited N22m into the account of the party with Zenith Bank.The breakdown of the fees showed that he paid N20m as nomination fee and another N2m for the expression of interest form.He had paid the money into the party’s account Number 1012436478 with the Zenith Bank.

Rather than being issued his forms, the aspirant claimed that he was told by officials of the party that the forms were not ready.

In his reaction, the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Chief Olisa Metuh, said he was not aware that the aspirants came.

He said he would need to find out from Mustapha before he could react to the allegations.

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