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- Published on Sunday, 02 January 2011 07:38
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A total of 8,500 delegates are expected to elect the Peoples Democratic Party’s presidential flag-bearer at the party’s special national convention in Abuja.
The one-day special national convention slated to hold at the Eagle Square will decide who becomes the party’s presidential candidate in the April presidential poll.
The PDP is yet to constitute a presidential screening panel to screen its aspirants for the primaries. Only aspirants who are cleared by the screening panel will be eligible for the January 13, 2011, presidential primaries.
It was gathered that the party is still juggling with the state-by-state allocation of the delegates. A source in the party told LEADERSHIP SUNDAY that “the number of delegates expected at the special national convention is about 8,500.”
While the party is yet to make public a breakdown of the delegates expected to attend the special national convention on state-by-state basis, the under listed are the statutory delegates: the national chairman of the party and other members of the National Executive Committee (NEC); the president and the vice-president; all members of the National Assembly, who are members of the party. Governors and deputy governors who are members of the party; gubernatorial candidates of the party shall also be automatic delegates to the convention. All members of the State Houses of Assembly who are members of the party, members of the Board of Trustees (BoT), all members of the Zonal Working Committee and state party chairmen and secretaries, including those of the Federal Capital Territory.
Also included as delegates are all women and youth leaders, including those of the Federal Capital Territory; all party chairmen of the local government areas; all elected local government council chairmen who are members of the party.
The last set of delegates will comprise former members of the National Working Committee, who are still members of the party and the former deputy presidents of the Senate and deputy speakers of the House of Representatives who are still members of the party.