INEC Denies Recognizing Lawan, Akpabio As Senatorial Candidates
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), yesterday, renounced doctoring and backdating documents to accommodate the nominations of Ahmad Lawan and Godswill Akpabio as senatorial candidates for the 2023 general elections.
INEC also said it is yet to comprehend “any of the two personalities as a senatorial candidate.”?
?Lawan, who is the current Senate President, and Akpabio had both contested in the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential primary, which was won by Bola Ahmed Tinubu.?
Both have, however, chosen to pick up Senate tickets for Yobe North and Akwa Ibom North West senatorial districts respectively, provoking controversy over the legality of such a move since most Senate primaries were conducted before the presidential primary.?
An online medium had earlier suggested that the two embattled politicians had got waivers to be named as their party’s candidate for the election, alleging that the Commission succumbed to pressure from the ruling APC to doctor and backdate the certified true copy of reports to accommodate the duo, but INEC, in a statement signed by its National Commissioner, Festus Okoye, said the matter is still in court.?
“The forms of the two personalities in question were not published by the Commission,” INEC announced.?