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3,875 men, 381 women to contest 2023 presidential, national assembly elections: INEC

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has disclosed in its final list of candidates for the 2023 general elections that 3,875 male and 381 female candidates will contest the presidential and federal parliamentary polls.

The general elections will be conducted for presidential, national and state constituencies and the governorship, but the list covers only the federal positions.

The list of candidates for the presidential elections includes Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Peter Obi of Labour Party (LP), Rabiu Kwankwaso of New Nigeria Party (NNPP), Omoyele Sowore of the African Action Congress (AAC ), Kachikwu Dumebi of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) and 12 others with their running mates.

On Tuesday, Festus Okoye, the electoral body’s national commissioner and chairman of the information and voter education committee, said INEC approved the final list of candidates for the polls at its regular weekly meeting.

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Mr Okoye added that the publication was pursuant to section 32(1) of the Electoral Act 2022 and item 8 of the ‘Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the 2023 General Election’.

Mr Okoye also mentioned that the list contained the names of candidates validly nominated for national elections at the close of party primaries and the period earmarked for withdrawal and substitution of candidates.

According to the INEC official, the final list of candidates for state elections (governorship and state constituencies) will be published on October 4, as already indicated on the ‘Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the 2023 General Election’.

“We note the fact that not all the political parties conducted primaries in all the constituencies, submitted the particulars of candidates that emerged from valid primaries or substituted their candidates after fresh primaries within 14 days as provided in Section 33 of the Electoral Act,” Mr Okoye explained.

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He added, “This has led to numerous litigation, some of which are ongoing. Where the commission was served with court orders by aggrieved aspirants or candidates before the publication of this list, these have been indicated under the remark column.”

The commission’s spokesman disclosed that all the 18 political parties had fielded candidates and their running mates for the presidential election.

“For legislative elections, 1,101 candidates are vying for 109 senatorial seats and 3,122 candidates for federal constituencies, i.e. House of Representatives seats, making a total of 4,223 candidates contesting 469 legislative positions,” he stated. “In terms of gender distribution, 3,875 candidates are male, made up of 35 for presidential and vice-presidential election, 1,008 for the Senate and 2,832 for House of Representatives.”

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According to the INEC list, 381 females, one for the presidential election, 92 for the senatorial poll, and 288 for the House of Representatives.

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Thousands rally in Abuja as Peter Obi’s campaign ramps up momentum across Nigeria

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Thousands of Nigerians trooped out on Saturday in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to demonstrate their support for Labour Party’s presidential candidate Peter Obi.

Mr Obi’s supporters are currently marching fromUnity Fountain to the Moshood Abiola National Stadium and subsequently City Gate in the country’s capital Abuja.

Some prominent public figures that featured in the rally being held on September 24 in the FCT include Ken Asogwa and human rights lawyer Abdul Mahmud.

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Since clinching the Labour Party’s presidential ticket, Mr Obi’s support groups have organised marches in several states across the country.

Amidst the growing momentum for Mr Obi’s presidential bid, the political establishment across party lines has tried to undermine possible results, with many insinuating that the newly reawakened worker’s party does not have the “structure” to win at the polls.

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Buhari told Tinubu to remove Osinbajo’s name from APC campaign council: Keyamo

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Festus Keyamo has claimed that President Muhammadu Buhari directed that his vice, Yemi Osinbajo, should not be included in the APC presidential campaign council.

This followed reactions that triggered the absence of Mr Osinbajo from the list of the Tinubu/Shettima presidential campaign council.

The vice-president contested the ticket of the All Progressives Congress presidential primary in June against Mr Tinubu, who is presumed to be his political benefactor.

“Nothing can be farther from the facts. For the avoidance of doubt, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, is the Chairman of the Campaign Council. As a result, Mr. President has SPECIFICALLY directed that the Vice-President and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha should be left out of the Campaign Council to concentrate on the governance of the country and administration of Government,” Mr Keyamo said.

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The junior labour minister in the Buhari-led regime, who also doubles as the spokesperson for the APC presidential campaign council, revealed this in a statement Saturday.

On Friday, the APC released a list of 422-member Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) ahead of the commencement of the party’s 2023 presidential campaign.

In the list sighted by Peoples Gazette, Mr Buhari is expected to head the campaign council. Mr Osinbajo was the only high-profile member of the ruling APC not listed.

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In an attempt to justify the controversial list with the non-inclusion of Mr Osinbajo, Mr Keyamo explained that it would be wrong for all the key functionaries of government in the Buhari regime to abandon their positions for electioneering campaigns.

“Our candidates and the leadership of the APC have also indicated that the list is not sacrosanct as there may be periodic review of it as circumstances dictate.

“We will not toe the path of those who governed the country in an irresponsible manner before us and our Party is not in total disarray like those who wish to ‘rescue’ the country, but cannot simply manage their own internal affairs,” Mr Keyamo added.

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Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the APC’s presidential candidate, has appointed Femi Fani-Kayode to the Presidential Campaign Council.

Fani-Kayode was named the Director, New Media of the APC Presidential Campaign Council in the complete list released by the campaign council late Friday.

Bashir Ahmad has been appointed the Deputy Director, New Media to the presidential council.

The APC Presidential Campaign Council has 422 members who will champion the campaign for the election of Tinubu as president net year.

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The Campaign Council has President Muhammadu Buhari as the Chairman, while the APC’s Presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is the Deputy Chairman.

In the list, while Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong is the Director General of the council, former Edo Governor, Adams Oshiomhole is the Deputy Director General.

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While APC Chairman, Abdullahi Adamu is the Deputy Chairman II, Senator Kashim Shettima is the Vice Chairman of the council.

Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has been included in the list as Director, Election Planning and Monitoring.

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