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As Far As INEC Is Concerned, Tinubu, Peter Obi Have Submitted Names Of Their Running Mates – INEC


Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), through its INEC Commissioner for Voters’ Education and Information, Barrister Festus Okoye has ruled out the “placeholder” concept.

NAIJA NEWS NG reports that the Electoral Commission has said that there is no such provision in the Constitution of INEC and as far as the Commission is concerned, Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the APC and Peter Obi of the Labour Party have submitted the names of their Running Mates.

Barrister Festus Okoye said this on Monday during an interview with ARISE TV.

He said, “placeholder is a unique Nigerian invention” for which the commission’s law has no provision.

As far as we are concerned, there’s no form submitted by the presidential candidate where they said we’re submitting this person’s name as a place or placeholder,” he said.

According to him, political parties’ candidates have submitted names of associates to run with them, and that is the position of the law as of today and nothing has changed, adding that for there to be, a substitution of a candidate, the vice-presidential candidate must write to INEC, with an affidavit stating that he is withdrawing from the race within the time frame provided by the law. That’s the only way there can be a substitution of candidates.

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