By Shola Abayomi.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), yesterday, announced a 300 per cent increase of its governorship nomination fee from N5 million to N20 million ahead of the Kogi and Bayelsa States governorship elections.
The PDP, through its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbodiyan, spoke to reporters on the issue, explaining the reasons for the astronomical increase.
Ologbodiyan disclosed that “the party took into consideration the 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.”
He however clarified that female aspirants were exempted from the nomination fee, as it remained free for them.
The party’s spokesman also hinted that the PDP had set up a committee to investigate the conduct of its lawmakers in the recently concluded National Assembly polls.
He said, “The party has set up a committee to investigate what happened in NASS election as it concerns the party.”
Recall that the party had instructed its members to vote Ali Ndume as the Senate President and Umar Bargo as the Speaker of the House of Representatives, but the directive was disregarded by some of the lawmakers.