- About 15 political parties in Edo state are racing to submit the names of their candidates for the governorship election
- APC, PDP, and 13 others are expected to give INEC names of their governorship candidates on Monday, June 29
- The electoral commission noted that the deadline will not be extended for any political party that fails to meet up
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Ahead of the Edo state governorship election, the All Progressives Congress (APC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and 13 other political parties were on Sunday, June 28, putting final touches to the lists of their candidates.
This is in preparation for the names of their governorship candidates and running mates to be submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) today, Monday, June 29, for the election, according to ThisDay.
It was also gathered that Nigeria's electoral commission has ruled out an extended deadline for parties who fail to submit the names of their gubernatorial candidates and their running mates.
Festus Okoye, INEC’s national commissioner in charge of voter education and information, explained that once it's 6 pm the portal will be closed and the deadline would not be extended.
Though 15 political parties are billed to take part in the September election, major contenders APC and PDP have concluded plans to submit their lists on time to beat the deadline.
The PDP will submit the name of Governor Godwin Obaseki as its governorship candidate, while his deputy, Philip Shaibu, will remain as his running mate.
APC, on the other hand, will submit the name of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu as the party's gubernatorial candidate with Hon. Gani Audu, a lawmaker representing Etsako West Constituency 2 in the Edo state House of Assembly as running mate.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that following his emergence as the governorship candidate of the PDP for the incoming election in Edo state, Governor Obaseki has revealed how he nearly quit his re-election battle.
Obaseki revealed on Friday, June 26, that he contemplated quitting the battle for his re-election bid but support from his family, friends and colleague governors gave him the courage to fight on.
He also declared that he would be governor again for another four years by defeating on September 19, the governorship candidate of the APC, Pastor Ize-Iyamu.
Obaseki made these declarations in his acceptance speech at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin after emerging victorious in the indirect governorship primary election involving delegates from the 192 wards across the 18 local government areas of Edo state.
In a related development, Kingsley Wenenda Wali, a chieftain of the APC in Rivers state, declared that it would be difficult to defeat Governor Obaseki in the forthcoming governorship election.
Wali blamed the suspended national chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, for the crisis rocking the ruling party. He made this declaration when he appeared on a live television programme monitored in Port Harcourt.
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