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INEC clears air on accepting Lawan, Akpabio as senatorial candidates

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What occurred?: A web-based information platform not too long ago claimed in its publication that the fee doctored and backdated paperwork to accommodate Lawan and Akpabio’s nominations.

Reacting, INEC in a press release on Tuesday, August 09, 2022, by Nationwide Commissioner and Chairman Data and Voter Schooling Committee, Festus Okoye, denied the report, stressing that it didn’t acknowledge any of the 2 as senatorial candidates.

INEC’s response: “For the file, the fee has not acknowledged any of the 2 personalities as a senatorial candidate.

“We name for accountable reportage as in opposition to the unwarranted assault on the fee and its officers over a matter that may be simply fact-checked.”

Background: The electoral physique had rejected the nomination of the duo following controversies surrounding the first elections of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) which purportedly produced them.

Akpabio’s case: Akpabio had contested the presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC), however he withdrew from the race on June 7, and requested his supporters to again Bola Tinubu, a former Lagos State governor, who finally emerged APC presidential candidate.

However in some way, his identify was submitted to INEC because the senatorial candidate for Akwa-Ibom North-West.

A parallel main election was performed and received by Ekperikpe Ekpo. Nevertheless, it was later cancelled over irregularities, whereas a rerun was performed on June 8, with Akpabio declared as winner of the train.

Lawan’s case: Lawan after dropping the APC presidential ticket reportedly requested Bashir Machina, winner of the Yobe North Senatorial main, to relinquish the ticket.

What this implies: This means that the Senate president and Akpabio might need secretly obtained the nomination types for the senatorial seat of their respective districts whereas additionally in search of a presidential ticket.

What the legislation says: The Resident Electoral Commissioner in Akwa Ibom State, Mike Igini, disclosed this whereas that includes on Channels TV, quoting Part 115 (D) of the Electoral Act, 2022.

“An individual, who indicators a nomination paper or end result kind as a candidate in a couple of constituency on the similar election, commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a most time period of imprisonment for 2 years.”

Igini mentioned by “constituency,” the electoral time period refers to a separate election whether or not it’s presidential, governorship, senatorial, the Home of Representatives or that of state meeting.

He mentioned any candidate who runs afoul of this legislation is liable to be jailed for 2 years, and that Part 115 (3) even states that an try to get hold of a number of types is an offence.