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INEC Denies Recognizing Lawan, Akpabio As Senatorial Candidates

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has denied a report that it had since concurred acknowledgment to Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, and previous Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, as senatorial possibility for Yobe North and Akwa-Ibom North West, separately.

Festus Okoye, National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, in an explanation on Tuesday excused the report as misdirecting and unwarranted.

Okoye kept up with that never did INEC distribute the specifics of the Senate President and previous Minister of Niger Delta Affairs as senatorial competitors.

“The types of the two characters being referred to were not distributed by the commission,” he pronounced.

The INEC public chief further unveiled that “in case it wasn’t already obvious, the commission has not perceived any of the two characters as senatorial competitors.”

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Okoye’s assertion named, ‘Misleading Allegations in Respect of Nomination of Candidates in a few Senatorial Districts’, read to a limited extent: “Not interestingly, our consideration has been attracted to a story distributed by a web-based medium that the commission has doctored, predated and confirmed reports to oblige the designations radiating from Yobe North and Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial Districts in regard of Senators Ahmed Lawan and Godswill Akpabio. Nothing can be further from reality.

“As proof of the supposed pretended by the commission, a confirmed genuine duplicate of Form 9C transferred by their ideological group and got by the commission on seventeenth June 2022 when the designation entrance shut was introduced.

“For clearness, the Form EC9 (accommodation of names of competitors by ideological groups) is the Form transferred by parties on the INEC selection entrance.

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This is obviously shown on the title of the Form which was gotten on seventeenth June 2022 when the gateway shut.

“What follows is the distribution of the individual points of interest of named up-and-comers which was done seven days after the fact.

The types of the two characters being referred to were not distributed by the commission.

The choice of the commission set off lawful activity which is as yet progressing.

It, thusly, makes no sense and presence of mind to go around and submit doctored reports purportedly perceiving the team as up-and-comers when the matter is plainly sub-judice.

“As a feature of the continuous case in court, a law office mentioned the commission for a confirmed genuine duplicate (CTC) of the Form EC9 presented by the All Progressives Congress (APC) as its possibility for Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District which we are compelled by a sense of honor to oblige them under the law.

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The structure was ensured on fifteenth July 2022. Assuming that base consideration has been practiced by the advertisers of the story, they would have seen the two stamps of the commission bearing various dates on the structure.

This structure is presently confounded as INEC’s underwriting.

“To make things abundantly clear, the commission has not perceived any of the two characters as a senatorial competitor.

“We call for capable reportage as against the unjustifiable assault on the commission and its authorities over a matter than can be effectively truth checked.”

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