November 28, 2022

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Presidency: INEC clears Tinubu, Atiku, Obi, Kwankwanso, Kachikwu, 13 others, okays Akpabio, Umahi, 4,221 NASS candidates, Lawan’s destiny unsure  


        

 

The Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) has launched the lists of Presidential and Nationwide Meeting candidates.

On the lists had been 18 presidential candidates together with Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the  All Progressives Congress(APC), former Vice President Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Occasion (PDP),  Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria Peoples Occasion(NNPP), Peter Obi of Labour Occasion (LP) and Dubem Kachikwu of the African Democratic Congress (ADC).

Whereas the identify of Senate President Ahmad Lawan was lacking for Yobe North, the fee listed Godswill Obot Akpabio for Akwa Ibom North West in addition to Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi state for Ebonyi South.

The fee confirmed this Tuesday in a press release by Nationwide Commissioner and Chairman Data and Voter Schooling Committee, Barrister Festus Okoye.

The assertion learn: “At its common weekly assembly held right this moment, Tuesday twentieth September 2022, the Fee permitted the ultimate listing of candidates for nationwide elections (Presidential, Senatorial and Federal Constituencies) pursuant to part 32(1) of the Electoral Act 2022 and merchandise 8 of the Timetable and Schedule of Actions for the 2023 Normal Election. 

“The publication of the total names and addresses of all nominated candidates follows the political events’ conduct of primaries and completion of the nomination train. Nigerians could recall that on the finish of the method, the non-public particulars of all nominated candidates had been displayed of their constituencies nationwide as supplied by part 29(3) of the Electoral Act.

“Subsequently, validly nominated candidates had the chance to voluntarily withdraw their candidature by discover in writing and personally ship such discover to the political social gathering that nominated them for the election.

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“Thereafter, political events substituted such candidates below part 31 of the Electoral Act for which the final day was fifteenth July 2022 for nationwide elections and twelfth August 2022 for State elections as clearly supplied in merchandise 6 of the Fee’s Timetable and Schedule of Actions. Thereafter, no withdrawal or substitution of candidates is allowed besides within the occasion of loss of life as supplied in part 34(1) of the Electoral Act or pursuant to an order of a Courtroom of competent jurisdiction.

“The listing revealed right this moment incorporates the names of candidates validly nominated for nationwide elections on the shut of social gathering primaries and the interval earmarked for withdrawal and substitution of candidates. The ultimate listing of candidates for State elections (Governorship and State Constituencies) can be revealed on 4th October 2022 as already indicated on the Timetable and Schedule of Actions for the 2023 Normal Election.

“We be aware the truth that not all of the political events performed primaries in all of the constituencies, submitted the particulars of candidates that emerged from legitimate primaries or substituted their candidates after recent primaries inside 14 days as supplied in part 33 of the Electoral Act. This has led to quite a few litigations, a few of that are ongoing. The place the Fee was served with Courtroom orders by aggrieved aspirants or candidates earlier than the publication of this listing, these have been indicated below the comment column. 

 “In abstract, all of the 18 political events have fielded candidates and their operating mates for the Presidential election. For legislative elections, 1,101 candidates are vying for 109 Senatorial seats and three,122 candidates for Federal Constituencies i.e. Home of Representatives seats, making a complete of 4,223 candidates contesting for 469 legislative positions. When it comes to gender distribution, 3,875 candidates are male, made up of 35 for Presidential and Vice Presidential, 1,008 for Senate and a couple of,832 for Home of Representatives.  Equally, 381 females comprising 1 for Presidential, 92 for Senate, and 288 for Home of Representatives are contesting. There are additionally 11 Individuals with Incapacity (PWDs) within the race.

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“The listing for particular constituencies is revealed in every state the place they’re positioned whereas the great nationwide listing has been uploaded to the Fee’s web site.

 “We enchantment to all political events to channel any observations on the listing of candidates to the Fee and such should be signed by the Nationwide Chairman and Secretary of the political social gathering and supported with an affidavit as supplied in part 32(2) of the Electoral Act 2022.”