The Independent National Electoral Commission has cleared the air on substituting governorship candidates of the African Action Congress and others ahead of the Governorship election in Ondo State.
The commission in a statement released through the National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee, Fetus Okeye, on Monday, said it received only one submission from the AAC through its dedicated online portal for candidate nomination.
INEC further stated that the candidate names uploaded on the portal by the political parties were the same names published.
“On Friday, July 31 2020, INEC published the Provisional List of Candidates for the Ondo State Governorship Election scheduled for October 10, 2020, in its State Office in Akure and also uploaded the same on its website and social media platforms.”
“The list contains the names of the Governorship and Deputy Governorship candidates submitted by 17 political parties, including the African Action Congress (AAC) at the close of nomination on July 28 2020.”
“However, one of the aspirants in the primaries of the party accused the Commission of substituting his name as the rightful Governorship candidate of the party, while another aspirant also claimed that the Commission substituted his Deputy Governorship candidate.
“Contrary to these assertions, INEC didn’t substitute the name of any aspirant or candidate. The Commission received only one submission from the AAC through its dedicated online portal for candidate nomination.”
“There was no human interface,” the statement read in part.
Recall that INEC on Friday released the list of candidates of the 17 political parties that would participate in the October 10 governorship election in the state.
Source: Naija News