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INEC publishes final details of Osun governorship candidates

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has published the personal particulars and list of candidates (Form EC9) for the Osun governorship election.

The commission, in a statement by Festus Okoye, the national commissioner and chairman of INEC’s Information and Voter Education Committee in Abuja, said the list was published at its state and local government offices in Osun as required by law.

Mr Okoye added that the list was published in compliance with the Electoral Act 2022, following the close of nominations by political parties.

According to the published particulars of the 15 candidates, while none of the governorship candidates was female, six of the deputy governorship candidates were female.

The published candidates include Adegboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress, Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party, and Omigbodun Akinrinola of the Social Democratic Party.

INEC reminded political parties that under Section 32(2) of the Electoral Act 2022, any party that observes that the name of its candidate is missing from the list “shall notify the commission in writing.”

Mr Okoye explained that a party’s national chairman and secretary must sign such a letter, supported by an affidavit not later than 90 days before the election.

“Furthermore, the attention of parties is drawn to Section 32(3) of the Electoral Act 2022, which provides that failure to notify the commission ‘shall not be ground to invalidate the election’, the INEC officer stated.

He added, “The final list is published in our state and local government offices in Osun state as well as our website and social media platforms for public information as required by law. Political parties are enjoined to note the provision of the law for compliance.”

(NAN)

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Ex-Deputy Governor defeats sitting senator for Ondo PDP ticket

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A former Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Hon. Agboola Ajayi, has defeated a sitting senator, Nicholas Towofomo, for the Peoples Democratic Party ticket for Ondo South Senatorial District for the 2023 polls.

The former Deputy Governor performed the feat on Monday during the primaries of the PDP for the senatorial seat.

Ajayi scored 78 votes to beat Tofowomo who polled 74 votes.

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Ex-Gov. Dankwambo picks PDP Gombe North Senatorial ticket

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Alhaji Ibrahim Dankwambo, former Gombe State Governor, has picked the Gombe North Senatorial District seat ticket to contest in 2023 on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party in the State.

The former Governor picked the ticket at the primaries of the PDP on Monday ahead of the 2023 general election.

Malam Habu Zarma, who was the Returning Officer, said Dankwambo picked the ticket following the withdrawal of the other two contestants: Bayero Nafada, former Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives; and Hamma Saleh, a businessman.

The primary election was conducted at Gombe North Senatorial District, Malam-Sidi Kwami Local Government Area, which witnessed large turnout of supporters of all the aspirants.

Dankwambo is seeking to replace Saidu Alkali, the incumbent Senator representing the District.

Speaking shortly after the exercise, Jamilu Gwamna, who is a PDP governorship aspirant, expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the poll, describing it as free, fair and credible.

Gwamma said that based on the outcome of the elections so far, there were indications that the remaining elections would be conducted in a free and fair manner.

The News Agency Nigeria reports that Gombe North Senatorial District consists of five LGAs: Gombe, Kwami, Dukku, Funakaye and Nafada.

NAN also reports that 144 delegates affirmed the candidature of Dankwambo.

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