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INEC Gives Update About Accepting Lawan, Akpabio As APC Senatorial Candidates

The Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) on Tuesday denied accepting Senate President, Ahmad Lawan and former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio as senatorial candidates for Yobe North and Akwa Ibom North-West Senatorial Districts respectively.

INEC additionally denied publishing the particulars of the 2 politicians as candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for senatorial positions of their respective states.
The denial was contained in an announcement by the fee’s Nationwide Commissioner and Chairman Data and Voter Training Committee, Festus Okoye following some trending on-line stories that the electoral umpire has acknowledged Lawan and Akpabio as candidates for the 2023 senatorial elections.
He 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. That is clearly indicated on the title of the Type which was acquired on seventeenth June 2022 when the portal closed.
What follows is the publication of the private particulars of nominated candidates which was accomplished per week later. The Types of the 2 personalities in query weren’t revealed by the Fee.”
Matter Nonetheless In Courtroom
Okoye added that following INEC’s resolution, the matter was taken to court docket by among the events concerned and the court docket has not but given a remaining ruling.
He clarified that the Licensed True Copy (CTC) of the Type EC9 submitted by the APC which was introduced by INEC based mostly on a court docket order is what some persons are misconstruing to be that Lawan and Akpabio have been accepted as get together candidates.
The INEC official said that the choice of the Fee triggered authorized motion that are nonetheless ongoing. It, subsequently, 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 regulation 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 obligation certain to oblige them below the regulation.
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 acknowledged any of the 2 personalities as a Senatorial candidate.
We name for accountable reportage as in opposition to the unwarranted assault on the Fee and its officers over a matter than will be simply fact-checked.

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