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INEC: Why We Didn’t Publish Akpabio, Lawan’s Names As Candidates

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Saturday provided a reason for why it was reluctant to announce the names of the two districts’ successful senatorial candidates for the ruling APC.

In a contentious move, the names of two additional anticipated candidates—including the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan—and a former minister of Niger Delta issues, Godswill Akpabio, were omitted from the published candidate information in late June.

Bashir Machina and Udom Ekpoudom won the INEC-supervised senatorial primary elections in Yobe North and Akwa-Ibom Northwest, respectively, but the APC also submitted the names of Messrs. Lawan and Akpabio.

In response to claims of prejudice made against the INEC by a segment of the public, the commission claimed in a statement on Saturday that these claims had been widely misinterpreted.

The commission claimed that in the cases of both constituencies; it fulfilled its obligations under the constitution to keep an eye on the finances, conventions, congresses, and primary processes of political parties.

The INEC upheld its position by acknowledging the complaints of its state offices regarding the APC senatorial elections in the affected areas and tasked members who felt wronged to file a lawsuit.

“In relation to the primaries for the Akwa Ibom North West and Yobe North Senatorial Districts, the Commission stands by the monitoring reports received from our state offices.

“For this reason, the commission did not publish the personal particulars of any candidate for the two constituencies at variance with the state reports.

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“Right now, the Commission is funtus officio in the two cases. Aggrieved parties are at liberty to approach the Federal High Court and seek redress as provided in section 285 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) and sections 29(5) and 84(14) of the Electoral Act, 2022,” the INEC spokesperson, Festus Okoye, said in the statement.

When Messrs. Lawan and Akpabio were assiduously pursuing a chance to secure the APC 2023 presidential ticket, Messrs. Machina and Ekpoudom were duly recognized by the Yobe and Akwa-Ibom state offices of the commission.

While Mr. Akpabio resigned in favor of Bola Tinubu, who ultimately won the presidential primary, Mr. Lawan was defeated by the former governor of Lagos State.

Nigerians have been requesting the Certified True Copies (CTCs) of the candidates’ filed credentials due to the controversy surrounding some of the released documents of the presidential, National Assembly, and governorship candidates.

A few candidates, including Mr. Tinubu and Kabiru Masari, his running mate, failed to provide the electoral commission with certain paperwork.

According to Mr. Okoye, the Commission had certified over 1.6 million pages of documents as of Friday through the processing of 433 requests.

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Saturday provided a reason for why it was reluctant to announce the names of the two districts’ successful senatorial candidates for the ruling APC.

In a contentious move, the names of two additional anticipated candidates—including the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan—and a former minister of Niger Delta issues, Godswill Akpabio, were omitted from the published candidate information in late June.

Bashir Machina and Udom Ekpoudom won the INEC-supervised senatorial primary elections in Yobe North and Akwa-Ibom Northwest, respectively, but the APC also submitted the names of Messrs. Lawan and Akpabio.

In response to claims of prejudice made against the INEC by a segment of the public, the commission claimed in a statement on Saturday that these claims had been widely misinterpreted.

The commission claimed that in the cases of both constituencies; it fulfilled its obligations under the constitution to keep an eye on the finances, conventions, congresses, and primary processes of political parties.

The INEC upheld its position by acknowledging the complaints of its state offices regarding the APC senatorial elections in the affected areas and tasked members who felt wronged to file a lawsuit.

“In relation to the primaries for the Akwa Ibom North West and Yobe North Senatorial Districts, the Commission stands by the monitoring reports received from our state offices.

“For this reason, the commission did not publish the personal particulars of any candidate for the two constituencies at variance with the state reports.

READ MORE: Obasanjo Was Unknown Prisoner When Atiku Formed PDP – Sule Lamido

“Right now, the Commission is funtus officio in the two cases. Aggrieved parties are at liberty to approach the Federal High Court and seek redress as provided in section 285 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) and sections 29(5) and 84(14) of the Electoral Act, 2022,” the INEC spokesperson, Festus Okoye, said in the statement.

When Messrs. Lawan and Akpabio were assiduously pursuing a chance to secure the APC 2023 presidential ticket, Messrs. Machina and Ekpoudom were duly recognized by the Yobe and Akwa-Ibom state offices of the commission.

While Mr. Akpabio resigned in favor of Bola Tinubu, who ultimately won the presidential primary, Mr. Lawan was defeated by the former governor of Lagos State.

Nigerians have been requesting the Certified True Copies (CTCs) of the candidates’ filed credentials due to the controversy surrounding some of the released documents of the presidential, National Assembly, and governorship candidates.

A few candidates, including Mr. Tinubu and Kabiru Masari, his running mate, failed to provide the electoral commission with certain paperwork.

According to Mr. Okoye, the Commission had certified over 1.6 million pages of documents as of Friday through the processing of 433 requests.

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