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INEC: Senatorial candidacy of Lawan, Akpabio no recognised - ITREALMS

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The National Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared that till date, it has not recognised the Senatorial candidacy of Senators Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan and Godswill Akpabio, reports 
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INEC through the National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Chief Festus Okoye made this known on Tuesday in a press statement available to 
ITREALMS and described as spurious allegations on the Form EC9 submitted by the All Progressives Congress (APC) as its candidate for Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District respectively.

“For the record, the Commission (INEC) has not recognised any of the two personalities as a Senatorial candidate,” INEC insisted.

He also said that the report of the allegation came to their attention on a story published by an online medium that the Commission has doctored, backdated and certified documents to accommodate the nominations emanating from Yobe North and Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial Districts in respect of Senators Ahmed Lawan and Godswill Akpabio.

“Nothing can be further from the truth,” he declared.

INEC stressed that as evidence of the alleged role played by the Commission, a certified true copy of Form 9C by their political party and received by the Commission on 17th June 2022 when the nomination portal closed was presented.

Okoye said that for clarity, the Form EC9 (submission of names of candidates by political parties) is the Form uploaded by parties on the INEC nomination portal, which clearly indicated on the title of the Form which was received on 17th June 2022 when the portal closed.

In addition, he said, “What follows is the publication of the personal particulars of nominated candidates which was done a week later. The Forms of the two personalities in question were not published by the Commission. The decision of the Commission triggered legal action which are still ongoing. It therefore defies logic and common sense to go around and submit doctored documents purportedly recognising the duo as candidates when the matter is clearly sub-judice.

“As part of the ongoing case in Court, a law firm requested the Commission for a Certified True Copy (CTC) of the Form EC9 submitted by the All Progressives Congress (APC) as its candidate for Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District which we are duty bound to oblige them under the law. The Form was certified on 15th July 2022. If minimum care has been exercised by the promoters of the story, they would have seen the two stamps of the Commission bearing different dates on the Form. It is this Form that is now misconstrued as INEC’ s endorsement,” he said.

The Commission, therefore called for responsible reportage as against the unwarranted attack on INEC and its officials over a matter that can be easily fact checked.

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