PDP Primaries: How The Delegate System Works

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will on Saturday, May 28, 2022 converge in Abuja to elect a flagbearer for the 2023 presidential election.

Major aspirants in the race include; former vice president, Atiku Abubakar; Peter Obi, a former governor of Anambra state, Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers state, Senator Bukola Saraki, former governor of Kwara state and Bala Mohammed, governor of Bauchi State.

A total of 810 elected and ad hoc delegates are expected to decide the fate of the 15 aspirants in a race that will be keenly contested.

By virtue of Section 84(8) of the Electoral Act, 2022, delegates to vote at the Indirect Primaries and National Convention of political parties to elect candidates for elections shall be those democratically elected for that purpose only.

Consequently those qualified and eligible to vote as delegates in Saturdays exercise are the three (3) AD-HOC Delegates per ward, elected at the Ward Congresses and one (1) National Delegate per Local Government elected at the Local Government Area Congresses.

Sources say major aspirants in the race have monetized the process with delegates set to vote for the highest bidder.

An aspirant has reportedly paid $10,000 to each delegate.




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