The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has told political parties in the country that it would not extend the July 15, 2022 deadline for the nomination of governorship and state assembly candidates.
Festus Okoye, National Commissioner in charge of Information and Voter Education Committee, made this known in a statement on Thursday.
Okoye also stated that Continuous Voter Registration (VR) will continue nationwide.
According to him, the Resident Electoral Commissioners and Electoral Officers have been directed to continue with the exercise; pending further directives from the INEC.
”The INEC has consistently reiterated its resolve to continue to provide electoral services to the Nigerian people and register all eligible Nigerians that are interested in registering.
”The Commission has yet again deployed additional machines to areas of pressure and will continue to serve the people of Nigeria.
“By the Timetable and Schedule of Activities released by the Commission; political parties that conducted valid Governorship and State Assembly primaries; shall upload the list and personal particulars of their nominated candidates between 1st and 15th July 2022.
“Political parties are advised not to wait until the last day before uploading the list and personal particulars of their candidates. The Candidates Nomination Portal will shut down at 6 pm on 15th July 2022.”
Therefore, he urged political parties who have challenges with uploading documents to contact the Commission’s Help – Desk; through the dedicated telephone lines or contact the candidate nomination centre at the Commission’s headquarters.
Meanwhile, Ayodele Fayose, a former governor of Ekiti State, stated on Wednesday, June 29, 2022; that since Muhammadu Buhari, the current president of Nigeria, has served a two-term northern administration; power must transfer to the South in 2023.
Fayose did not earn a ballot in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primary election for president in May.
He was thought to have struck a pact with Nyesom Wike, Governor of Rivers State and co-candidate; as he failed to get the support of 16 Ekiti delegates in the election and made no effort to campaign.
Now, the PDP leader’s social media post indicates that he will not be backing Atiku Abubakar, the PDP’s nominee for president.
Atiku hails from Adamawa State in the north.
“The current President of Nigeria is a 2-term Northern Presidency, thus implying that it MUST be a Southern Presidency in 2023 or NOTHING. Awa ‘South’ lo kan’ (we are next). Nigerians should await details soon,” Fayose wrote on his known Twitter handle.