12 presidential aspirants as well as 120 governorship aspirants have picked the expression of interest and nomination forms of the Peoples Democratic Party ahead of its primary elections.
Each of the aspirants paid N12m each to the party to obtain its presidential nomination and expression of interest forms.
Though our correspondent was unable to get the breakdown of the governorship aspirants, state-by-state, it was however gathered that the race would be keenly contested in some states.
For example, in Kwara State, two close allies of the President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki, had picked the forms.
The aspirants are a former Minister of Sports, who is also a former National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, and a member of the House of Representatives, Zakari Mohammed.
A former Minister of National Planning, Prof. Abubakar Suleiman, who is also from Kwara, had picked the form.
A former police officer who hails from Kwara, Mr Ibrahim Ajia, will join the three other aspirants to vie for the PDP ticket for the state.
A top source at the party secretariat said the number of the aspirants could increase before the close of nomination, which he said would be on September 11.
The source said, “As of Thursday, we had 118 aspirants. But the number has increased to 120, and we hope that it may go up a little higher before the close of nomination early this week. (Punch)