By Ahmed Abubakar
As the collection of all nomination forms for elective offices expires today (friday), the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has pleaded with Late Chief M.K.O Abiola’s widow to come forth and claim her forms to contest the 2015 PDP primaries with President Goodluck Jonathan.
The PDP, which stated that it has noted the refusal of Prof. Akasoba Duke-Abiola to collect her Presidential Expression of Interest and Nomination forms in spite of the one week extension granted by the party, which expires on Friday, November 14, to accommodate teeming party faithful interested in running for respective offices.
The party also noted that Prof. Duke-Abiola willfully refused to collect her Expression of Interest form with Code number PD002/P and serial number 0000003 and Nomination form with Code number PD003/P and serial number 0000003 even after it was sent to her through her lawyers.
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, in a statement on Thursday said Professor Duke-Abiola’s refusal to collect the forms suggests an ulterior motive, adding that other aspirants, including Dr. Ghalil Tafawa Balewa and President Goodluck Jonathan collected their forms on October 30th, 2014 and November 6th 2014 respectively.
The party expressed surprise that Professor Duke-Abiola chose to go to court instead of taking advantage of the extension, which expires on Friday, November 14 to collect her forms.
Stating that the aspirant still has until the close of November 14, 2014 to collect her forms, the PDP said failure to do so, it will have no option than to consider her as not being interested in the contest, but out to cause confusion and foment trouble in the party.