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August 11, 2022

We won’t recognise imposed candidates, says INEC amid Machina-Lawan row

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it will not recognise “imposed candidates”.

Mr. Rotimi Lawrence Oyekanmi, Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said this in a chat with Daily Trust on Friday.

There has been controversy over the Yobe North Senatorial contest between Senate President Ahmed Lawan and Hon Bashir Machina.

While the former, who lost the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential primary, and dis not participate in the Senatorial primaries, the latter won the Yobe North senatorial seat as confirmed by INEC.

However, the APC under the leadership of Abdullahi Adamu had submitted Lawan’s name to INEC as candidate of the ruling party for Yobe North.

While he refused to comment on the Yobe North Senatorial primaries controversy, Mr. Oyekanmi said accepting any candidate that did not contest any of the party primaries will amount to a breach of the Electoral Act 2022.

(Daily Trust)

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