- INEC has stated that it did not publish a new list of presidential candidates and NASS ahead of the 2023 general election.
- The commission made it known on Monday, January 9, in reaction to a post that released the full list of presidential and NASS candidates.
- Instead, the electoral agency made it clear that it published full lists in September and October 2022.
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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has discredited claims that it published new lists of presidential and National Assembly candidates ahead of the upcoming elections.
Via Twitter on Monday, January 9, INEC said clearly that such lists were published at least 150 days before the next general election pursuant to Section 32(1) of the Electoral Act 2022.
To set the record straight, the commission said the presidential and NASS candidate lists were released on Tuesday, September 20, 2022, while the gubernatorial one was released two weeks later, on Tuesday, October 4.
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He pointed out that with about 46 days to go to the polls, there can be no new list except for names published as substitute candidates in compliance with court orders.
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Earlier, The Punch reported that the final lists of presidential and National Assembly candidates from all political parties contesting the February 25 elections have been released.
According to the newspaper, the list was published by the INEC on Sunday, January 8.
The media team said that the publication of the list was made in accordance with section 32 (1) of the Election Law of 2022 and article 8 of the Calendar and Calendar of Activities for the General Election of 2023.
He added that the list was published after the conclusion of the primary elections for all the positions of the political parties.
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the presidential candidates of the People’s Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar; the Congress of All Progressives, Bola Tinubu; Labor Party, Peter Obi; and the New Nigeria People’s Party, Rabiu Kwankwaso, are said to be on the list.
Others include Daberechukwu Nwanyanwu, Zenith Labor Party presidential candidate and running mate Ramalan Abubakar; Dumebi Kachikwu, presidential candidate, African Democratic Congress and his running mate Ahmed Mani.
Furthermore, the names of Senator Godswill Akpabio from Akwa Ibom State and Senator Peter Nwaobishi from Delta State, as well as Bashir Machina, who replaced Senate President Ahmad Lawan, are on the list.
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With the 2023 election race a few weeks away, presidential candidates are already paying attention to the largest voting bloc in the Nigerian political space.
The leading presidential candidates are Bola Tinubu of the APC, Atiku Abubakar of the PDP, Peter Obi of the Labor Party and Rabiu Kwankwaso of the NNPP.
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This is due to the fact that its foot soldiers have been increasing the northern region as it leads the number of Nigerian voters in the 2023 elections.
According to statistics released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), of the 93 million registered voters expected to vote in the 2023 election, 49 million are from the Arewa nation.