TopSearch Magazine reliably gathered that the People Democratic Party (PDP) has scheduled the Ondo State governorship primary election on July 22, 2020.
According to the “Notice of Primary Election” signed by the national Organizing Secretary of PDP, Austine Akobundu. The magazine was also informed by a party stalwart who preferred anonymity that N4million has been fixed for the Expression of Interest Form, while the Nomination Form is N20million.
Sources at the State party secretariat, Akure, informed the magazine that about 17 aspirants are willing to take part in the party primary. But as at the time of this report, none of the aspirants has collected either the Expression of Interest or Nomination form.
From all indications, some of the aspirants who may not afford the fees have started strategizing on whom to step down and give early support. When speaking with one of the aspirants who does not want his name mentioned. He said the party prefers “Money Bag” than those with intellectual capability of helping the party and the state to grow.
According to him, he said how many upright people can exhaust about N25m on forms alone? Therefore, the aspirant said is going to study other aspirants to discover who shares his mission and vision and can fund the campaign so that he will give him early support. “The fee is scaring” The aspirant said.
Similarly, a PDP State Executive Committee member who said is not competent to tell the magazine on the modality to reducing the number. According to him, he said is in the plan of the party to invite all the aspirants and advise them to reduce the number. “That is the only thing I am competent to tell the press” The source concluded.
Speaking with a leading aspirant in the state, he said there is nothing wrong with the application fees when comparing what has happened before and the prevailing condition of the party and the country. According to him, he said is not the money that matters but the sincerity of purpose by the State and the national headquarters of the party. He appeals to them to conduct free and fair primary election on July, 22.
The magazine gathered from reliable sources that most of the aspirants are scare of the sum involved in picking the nomination form. According to a party elder who knows the back group and political strength of almost all the aspirants, he confirmed to the magazine on a telephone conversation that only about four or five of the seventeen aspirants can afford the form and successfully foot the campaign bill. The man confirmed that about ten of the aspirants have come to him and lamented about the party decision on the application fee.
Finally, People are of the opinion that the more the day is nearer, the more incapable aspirants would be stepping down for capable ones, TopSearch gathered.