The sole candidature of President Goodluck Jonathan for next year’s Presidential election will be ratified by the national convention of the PDP in December.
This is the official position of the party, which says there will no longer be Presidential primary.
The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Olisa Metuh, who disclosed this in a telephone interview with our correspondent on Friday said the convention would ratify the decision taken at NEC.
NEC had on Thursday pronounced the President as the sole candidate of the party for the election.
Metuh said, “There is difference between convention and primary. What we are going to have on December 6 at the convention is to ratify the decision taken at NEC.
“There will be no primary again because we already have a candidate and what we will do is that delegates will just ratify him.”
With this arrangement, only President Jonathan is expected to pay the sum of N22m, which the party has fixed as nomination fee for its presidential aspirants.
Governorship aspirants are to pay N11million while senators are to pay N4m, Reps, N2 million and State House of Assembly aspirants, N1m.
The NEC, while approving this as part of its guidelines for the 2014 general elections, added that the presidential primary shall be by special convention using the modified open secret ballot system otherwise known as open secret.
Meanwhile, the PDP has said the silence by all organs of the party on Vice-President Namadi Sambo is an indication that he remains Jonathan’s running mate.
The Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Ibrahim Jalo, who spoke with our correspondent, said there was nothing to fear on the issue.
He said, “You know the issue of endorsement started with the National Caucus and the PDP Governors’ Forum before the BoT and NEC.
“In all these, the issue of running mate was not discussed because it is a joint ticket.”