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INEC clears Tinubu, Atiku, Obi, 15 others ahead 2023 presidential election

By News desk

Ahead of the 2023 general election, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released the final list of presidential candidates contesting to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari during next year’s poll.

Among the 18 candidates vying to become the country’s next president were the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Atiku Abubakar, his counterpart from the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, the Labour Party (LP) flagbearer, Peter Obi, and the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) standard-bearer, Rabiu Kwankwaso.

Others were: Accord Party (AP) candidate, Imumolen Christopher; his Action Alliance (AA) opponent, Al-Mustapha Hamza; African Action Congress (AAC), Sowore Omoyele, and African Democratic Congress (ADC), Kachikwu Dumebi.

Also, Action Democratic Party (ADP) candidate, Sani Yusuf; the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Umeadi Nnanna; Allied People’s Movement (APM), Ojei Chichi, Action Peoples Party (APP), Nnamdi Osita; Boot Party (BP), Adenuga Oluwafemi; National Rescue Movement (NRM), Osakwe Johnson; Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), Kolawole Abiola; Social Democratic Party (SDP), Adebayo Ebenezer; Young Progressives Party (YPP), Ado-Ibrahim Abdumalik; Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), Nwanyanwu Daberechukwu.

The candidates’ clearances as well as that of running mates were made public on Tuesday through a circular released by the electoral body and made accessable to the public through the National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye.

Okoye, meanwhile revealed that there were 11 persons with disability (PWDs) among those vying for various positions in the country

According to the circular: subsequently, validly nominated candidates had the opportunity to voluntarily withdraw their candidature by notice in writing and personally deliver such notice to the political party that nominated them for the election.

“Thereafter, political parties substituted such candidates under section 31 of the Electoral Act for which the last day was 15th July 2022 for national elections and 12th August 2022 for State elections as clearly provided in item 6 of the Commission’s Timetable and Schedule of Activities.

“Thereafter, no withdrawal or substitution of candidates is allowed except in the event of death as provided in section 34(1) of the Electoral Act or pursuant to an order of a Court of competent jurisdiction.

“The list published today contains the names of candidates validly nominated for national elections at the close of party primaries and the period earmarked for withdrawal and substitution of candidates.

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