2023: Tension Grips Lawan, Umahi, Akpabio as INEC Announces Date to Publish Final Lists of Candidates

2023: Tension Grips Lawan, Umahi, Akpabio as INEC Announces Date to Publish Final Lists of Candidates

  • The nation's electoral umpire is set to release the final list of candidates for presidential, senatorial and House of Representatives
  • This list by the Independent National Electoral Commission would be released on Tuesday, September 20
  • This move by the commission would determine the fate of Senate President Ahmad Lawan, Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State and former Governor Godswill Akpabio in next year's election

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it would publish the final list of candidates for presidential, senatorial and House of Representatives elections on September 20.

INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, stated this in Abuja, on Thursday, September 1st, at a stakeholders meeting in partnership with Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), The Guardian reported.

INEC, Senate President Ahmad Lawan, Governor David Umahi, Governor Godswill Akpabio, APC, 2023 elections
INEC is set to release the final list of candidates for the 2023 elections. Photo credit: INEC Nigeria
Source: Twitter

He said:

“Activities towards the 2023 general election will enter the critical stages this month. In the next 19 days, that is on September 20, 2022, the commission will publish the final list of candidates for national elections (presidential, senatorial and House of Representatives), as provided in Section 32(1) of the Electoral Act 2022 and the Timetable and Schedule of Activities released by the commission.”

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Lawan, Akpabio and Umahi to know fate

The revelation by INEC means Senate President Ahmad Lawan, Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State and former Governor Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom), all of the All Progressives Congress (APC), will know their fate at the specified date.

The trio of Lawan, Umahi and Akpabio had picked senatorial tickets for Yobe North, Ebonyi South and Akwa Ibom North West, respectively, after losing out at the APC presidential primary.

The move had sparked controversy, as INEC had refused to publish the name of any candidate of the party in the affected senatorial districts.

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Omatseye, in his latest article, titled NBA’s Impunity, alleged that the group of Nigerian lawyers, including SANs, broke electoral law by flagging off the September 28 official commencement of campaigns for the 2023 elections.

The NBA had invited presidential candidates to mount its podium to reveal their agenda to Nigerians at his convention last week.

Tinubu in trouble as Osinbajo, Amaechi, Lawan, other APC presidential aspirants shun strategic meeting

The Wednesday, August 31st scheduled meeting of the 21 former presidential aspirants of All Progressives Congress (APC), in Abuja, could not hold despite a series of pre-event publicity.

The roundtable earlier slated for 2:00 p.m. was for the aspirants to come up with strategies to support the APC standard bearer, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to win the February 2023 presidential election.

Although no official reason was given for the postponement of the meeting, it was gathered that most of the aspirants who were invited to the parley were non-committal.

Source: Legit.ng

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