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Edo gubernatorial: 14 parties nominate candidates

Professor Mamood Yakubu, INEC chairman

In a statement issued on Tuesday by Mr Festus Okoye, INEC National Commissioner and chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee (IVEC) the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that out of 15 political parties that earlier signified their intention to conduct primaries, 14 has submitted nominations for Edo governorship election.

The INEC National Commissioner said that the particulars of the nominated candidates would be published in the Edo State office of the commission and simultaneously uploaded on its website on Thursday.

It could be observed that from the provisional list of the nominated candidates by the 14 parties, only the governorship candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party was a female. The list also indicated that that only African Democratic Congress and the Social Democratic Party nominated females as running mates.

Professor Mamood Yakubu, INEC chairman

“At the close of nominations on June 29 at 6 pm, 14 political parties used the dedicated online portal of the commission to submit the list of candidates that emerged from their primaries.
“The provisional list of the candidates disaggregated on the basis of name, gender, age and qualification has been uploaded on our website and social media platforms.

Okoye encouraged members of the public to go through the nomination forms, affidavits and documents submitted by the parties on behalf of their candidates. He advised that any person who had reasonable grounds to believe that any information in the affidavit or any document submitted by any candidate was false to take a legal action.

Okoye said that such a person may file a suit at the Federal High Court, High Court of a State or the FCT against such a candidate seeking a declaration that the information contained in the affidavit was false.