INEC Vets Nom­i­na­tions for Edo Gov Elec­tion To­day

APC care­tak­ers adopt six-point agenda to re­po­si­tion party

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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.

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