Kogi Gov’ship: INEC Releases Final List of 18 Candidates, Says Bello-Murtala Convoys Clash Worrisome

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  • Campaign in public officially commences on Wednesday 14th June

The Independent National Electoral Commissioner (INEC) has released the final list of candidates for the November 11 governorship election in Kogi state.

INEC National Commissioner and Chairman of the Information and Voter Education Committee, Mr. Festus Okoye, said the approval of the list followed a meeting held by the Commission on Tuesday in Abuja.

The list showed only Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) fielded a female governorship candidate, Suleiman Taiye Fatima. Also, three political parties fielded female deputy governorship candidates: BOOT Party, Victoria Eleojo; Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Muhammed Deen Habiba; and Action Peoples Party (APP), Kekere Rahanatu.

According to Okoye, the decision to release the final list “is in line with the provision of Section 32(1) of the Electoral Act 2022 which requires the publication of the list not later than 150 days to election day i.e. Friday 9th June 2023 following the period for voluntary withdrawal and substitution of candidates by political parties under Section 31 of the Electoral Act 2022.

“The final list has been uploaded to the Commission’s website and social media platforms. The same will be published in our State and Local Government offices in the affected States on Thursday 8th June 2023 ahead of the statutory deadline of 9th June 2023.”

According to the statement, all 18 political parties nominated candidates in Kogi.

Reminding political parties and candidates that in line with the timetable and schedule of activities for the three elections, INEC said the campaign in public officially commences on Wednesday 14th June, and ends on 9th November.

The statement condemned the reported altercation between the convoys of the Kogi state Governor, Yahaya Bello and the governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Murtala Yakubu Ajaka in Lokoja

Describing the incident as worrisome, Okoye called on parties and candidates to conduct their political activities with civility and decorum as peaceful electioneering heralds a peaceful election.

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