January 28, 2023



2023: INEC opens up on Lawan, Akpabio as senatorial candidates 

Senator Godswill Akpabio

The Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) has denied stories that it has yielded of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), by backdating paperwork  recognising Senate President Ahmad Lawan, and former Akwa Ibom state governor, Godswill Akpabio as senatorial candidates.

In a press release on Tuesday, Nationwide Commissioner and Chairman, Info and Voter Training Committee of INEC, Barrister Festus Okoye, mentioned this in Abuja.

There have been controversies after Bashir Machina gained the APC’s ticket for Yobe North senatorial district; whereas Udom Ekpoudom gained the social gathering’s main election for Akwa Ibom North-West which was monitored by INEC officers.

INEC rejected the substitution of their names with Lawan and Akpabio by the APC.

Okoye mentioned: “Not for the primary time that INEC consideration was drawn to an internet report that the fee has doctored, backdated and licensed paperwork to accommodate the nominations emanating from Yobe North and Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial Districts in respect of Senators Ahmed Lawan and Godswill Akpabio.

“Nothing may be farther from the reality. As proof of the alleged position performed by the fee, a licensed true copy of Type 9C uploaded by their political social gathering and acquired by the Fee on seventeenth June 2022 when the nomination portal closed was offered.”

The INEC official mentioned “for readability, the Type EC9 (submission of names of candidates by political events) is the Type uploaded by events on the INEC nomination portal, and is clearly indicated on the title of the Type which was acquired on seventeenth June 2022 when the portal closed.”

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He additionally mentioned what follows is the publication of the non-public particulars of nominated candidates which was performed every week later and that the Types of the 2 personalities (Lawan and Akpabio) in query weren’t revealed by the fee.

“The choice of the fee triggered authorized motion that are nonetheless ongoing. It due to this fact defies logic and customary sense to go round and submit doctored paperwork purportedly recognising the duo as candidates when the matter is clearly sub-judice.

“As a part of the continuing case in Courtroom, a legislation agency requested the fee for a Licensed True Copy (CTC) of the Type EC9 submitted by the All Progressives Congress (APC) as its candidate for Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District which we’re responsibility sure to oblige them beneath the legislation.

“The Type was licensed on fifteenth July 2022. If minimal care has been exercised by the promoters of the story, they’d have seen the 2 stamps of the fee bearing totally different dates on the Type. It’s this Type that’s now misconstrued as INEC’s endorsement.

“For the file, the Fee has not recognised any of the 2 personalities as a Senatorial candidate. We name for accountable reportage as towards the unwarranted assault on the fee and its officers over a matter than may be simply reality checked,” Okoye mentioned.