INEC Vets Nominations for Edo Gov Election Today
APC caretakers adopt six-point agenda to reposition party
Chuks Okocha and Adedayo Akinwale in Abuja
With the closure yesterday of the dedicated portal designed for political parties to submit the details of their candidates nominated for the Edo State governorship election, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will vet the nominations today, THISDAY was told last night.
This is coming as the
Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary National Convention Planning Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has adopted a six-point working document aimed at repositioning the party.
The committee has also promised to commence the process of reconciliation among leaders and members of the party at all levels.
THISDAY gathered that the INEC’s portal closed automatically yesterday after the expiration of the deadline given to the political parties to submit the details of their candidates.
A source at the commission said the commission would today open the portal to know the number of political parties that met the deadline.
He added that contrary to reports that the portal was opened yesterday, the facility was opened since Saturday.
The source, however, added that the candidates of political
parties that didn’t invite the commission to monitor their primaries would be disqualified.
Confirming the closure of the deadline, INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee (IVEC), Mr. Festus Okoye, told THISDAY in Abuja yesterday that the commission did not extend the June 29 deadline fixed for the exercise, which ended at 6 p.m. yesterday.
He said the commission in line with fixed deadline and schedule of activities for the state election, shut down the dedicated portal at 6 p.m.
Okoye promised that the details of the nominations by the parties would be made public later.
“The portal for the submission was closed on Monday at 6 p.m. For now, I cannot confirm the number of parties that meet up with the deadline, but I should be
able to do that by tomorrow (today),” he told THISDAY, adding: “We will process all the nominations tonight and by tomorrow we will make it public.”
INEC had earlier fixed June 27 as the deadline for the conduct of primaries and June 29 at 6 p.m. for online submission of names and details of nominated candidates for the Edo State governorship election, using a dedicated portal created by the commission.
The commission had earlier said 15 political parties had notified it of their intentions to conduct primaries for the state election.
APC, PDP Beat Deadline
But THISDAY findings showed that the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party
(PDP) met the yesterday deadline for the submission of the names of their governorship candidates and their running mates for the election.
APC submitted the name of Mr. Osagie Ize-Iyamu and Hon. Gani Audu as the governorship candidate and the running mate respectively.
A staff of the ruling party told THISDAY: "Yes, the name of Ize-Iyamu and his running mate have been submitted to INEC."
Similarly, PDP also yesterday submitted the names of Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, as its governorship candidate, and Hon. Phillip Shaibu as the running mate.
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, confirmed the submission in an interview with THISDAY.
"Yes, we have submitted the names of our governorship candidate and his running
mate. We submitted around noon through e-submission as designated by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
"We downloaded the designated forms and filled the form 001 and the governorship candidate and the deputy governorship candidate filled their academic details and thereafter we uploaded the forms to the INEC portal," Ologbondiyan stated.
APC Caretakers Adopt Six-point Agenda to Reposition Party
Meanwhile, the Caretaker/ Extra-Ordinary National Convention Planning Committee of the APC has adopted a six-point working document aimed at repositioning the party.