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Names Of Lawan, Umahi, Akpabio, Missing As INEC Releases List Of Senatorial Candidates

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The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Friday released the list and particulars of candidates vying for various positions at the federal level in the 2023 general elections.

The names of Senate President Ahmad Lawan, former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, and Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi were missing from the list.

The trio had contested the presidential primaries of the All Progressives Congress, APC, but may have been hoping to reclaim the party’s senatorial seats after failing to win the top seat.

Speaking on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Friday, an INEC National Commissioner, Festus Okoye, said the commission is not obligated to publish the name of candidates that did not emerge from valid party primaries.

“If a political party submits to the Independent National Electoral Commission the name of a candidate that did not emerge from party primaries or did not emerge from valid party primaries, the commission is not obligated to publish the name of such a candidate,” he said.

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