Edo 2020: We'll display candidates’ certificates for Nigerians to verify - INEC
- Nigerians will now be able to verify certificates of candidates who intend to contest elections
- This was revealed by the chairman of INEC, Mahmood Yakubu, on Friday, February 21
- Yakubu said that this will stop politicians from submitting false credentials to the commission ahead of elections
Ahead of the forthcoming governorship election in Edo and Ondo, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that the submitted certificates of candidates will be displayed for Nigerians to verify.
The national chairman of INEC, Mahmood Yakubu, said that this will deter candidates from submitting fake and forged credentials to the commission for election, Premium Times reports.
Yakubu also said that the electorate is empowered to take legal actions against fraudulent politicians who intend to contest for public offices.
He said: “The personal particulars of candidates will be displayed on 6th July 2020 in Edo state and on 4th August 2020 in Ondo state.
"I wish to appeal to citizens to note the dates and to seize the opportunity to scrutinise the information provided on oath by the candidates in the interest of our democracy and good governance.”
The INEC boss said that political parties have a part to play in this and that the failure to scrutinise the particulars of their candidates has resulted in multiple and unnecessary litigations after the elections which are mostly settled in a court of law.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the crisis rocking the Edo state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) would end after the party's nominations ahead of the state's 2020 governorship election, a factional chairman of the party, David Imuse has assured.
Imuse said that the crisis would not lead to parallel primaries between the two factions as many have feared.
The factional APC chair gave an assurance that the exercise would be successful but still maintained that his rival from the other faction remained suspended from the party.
Meanwhile, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, said to be reportedly interested in the APC guber ticket had expressed his readiness to abide by the decision of the party concerning who will be nominated as its candidate.
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Ize-Iyamu said the position of the party is final, adding that he is ready to accept if the party chooses someone else while he also hopes that other aspirants will accept if the party chooses him.
“For many of us, we are ready to concede to the party’s position. Whoever the party wants is final. And if by the grace of God, it happens the party also chooses us, we also expect the same level of grace from them and that means to concede," he said.
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