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Double nomination: Group requires arrest, prosecution of APC vice presidential candidate, Shettima

Kashim Shettima

Heart for Reform and Public Advocacy, a civil group has petitioned the Inspector Normal of Police (IGP), demanding the arrest and prosecution of the vice presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Senator Kashim Shettima, over alleged double nominations for the 2023 normal election.

Shettima, who’s to pair with former Lagos State Governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, within the subsequent yr presidential election on APC platform was alleged to have been nominated twice by APC for 2 completely different constituencies on the identical time in gross breach of the Electoral Act 2022.

In keeping with the petition, Shettima signed each the INEC type EC9 on oath because the APC candidate for Borno Central Senatorial District of Borno State for the 2023 normal elections and on the identical time went forward to signal one other INEC type EC9 as Vice Presidential candidate of the APC, an motion believed to have contravened the legislation.

The signing of two nomination varieties by Shetima for 2 completely different constituencies is claimed to have particularly breached part 115(d) and (okay) of the Electoral Act 2022 and attracts two years imprisonment by courtroom upon conviction.

Within the petition, signed by Authorized Adviser of the group and acquired by the workplace of the IGP on July 29, the group claimed to be a non governmental group, pursuing enthronement of fine governance , accountability, probity and transparency in public establishments.

The grouse of the group was that Shettima on oath willingly engaged in double nominations opposite to the supply of the Electoral Act, 2022 and should be arrested and placed on trial by Police as required by legislation.

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The petition simply obtained by Blueprint correspondent learn partially, “That the All Progressive Congress APC in compliance with part 29 of the Electoral Act, 2022 submitted the identify of Senator Kashim Shetima to the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee as its candidate for Borno Central Senatorial District of Borno State for the 2023 normal election.

“That Senator Kashim Shetima signed INEC EC9 type on oath which is his nomination type because the candidate of the APC for Borno Central Senatorial District of Borno State for the 2023 normal election.

“That INEC in compliance with part 29 of the Electoral Act 2022 on June 24, 2022, printed the identify of Senator Kashim Shetima because the APC candidate for Borno Central Senatorial District of Borno State for the 2023 normal election.

“That after the mentioned publication of Senator Kashim Shetima, the APC on July 15, 2022 submitted the identify of Senator Kashim Shetima to INEC as its Vice Presidential Candidate for the 2023 Presidential election.

“That Senator Kashim Shetima additionally signed INEC EC9 type on oath which is his nomination type as Vice Presidential Candidate of the APC for the 2023 presidential election.

“That Borno Central Senatorial District of Borno State and the Vice Presidential place are two completely different constituencies.

“That part 115 (1) (d) supplies: an individual who indicators a nomination paper or outcome type as a candidate in a couple of constituency on the identical election commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a most time period of imprisonment for 2 years.

“That part 115(1) (okay) supplies; an individual who indicators a nomination paper consenting to be a candidate at an election understanding that she or he is ineligible to be a candidate at that election commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a most time period of imprisonment for 2 years.

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“That Senator Kashim Shetima having signed two nomination papers of two completely different constituencies violates part 115 (1) (d)(okay) of the Electoral Act 2022.

“On the power of the foregoing, having established a prima facie felony circumstances towards Senator Kashim Shetima, we due to this fact most respectfully, demand arrest and felony prosecution of Senator Kashim Shetima for contravening part 115 (1) (d) (okay) of the Electoral Act 2022.”