NASS Elections: PDP sets up committee to investigate members

…As gov nomination fee raises from N5m to N20m for Kogi, Bayelsa elections

The Peoples Democratic Party on Thursday said it has set up a committee to investigate the conduct of its lawmakers in the National Assembly elections.

The party had directed its members to vote Ali Ndume, as the Senate President and Umar Bargo as the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

But the anointed candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Senator Ahmed Lawan, emerged as the Senate President while another APC anointed candidate, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, emerged as the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, after the ‘PDP 86th National Executive Committee’ meeting in Abuja, told journalists that the PDP would investigate what happened.

He stated that the party had already set up a committee to probe NASS elections as it related to the party.

He, however, declined to name members of the committee.

He said, “The party has set up a committee to investigate what happened in NASS election as it concerns the party.”

The PDP spokesman also said the party had raised the governorship nomination fee ahead of the Kogi and Bayelsa States governorship elections from the initial N5m to N20m.

He added that the expression of interest fee remained N1m, saying the nomination fee for female aspirants remained free.

He stated that the party took into consideration weak Nigeria’s economy, the need to conduct free, fair and credible primaries, as well as rising printing costs before arriving at the new fee.

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