The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said it did not accommodate the nominations emanating from Yobe North and Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial Districts in respect of Senators Ahmed Lawan and Godswill Akpabio.
The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, who currently represents Yobe North and former Niger Delta Affairs Minister, Senator Godswill Akpabio, from Akwa Ibom North-West, had lost out of plans to return to the Senate next year as the electoral umpire said the duo did not participate in the respective senatorial primary elections.
Both have however chosen to pick up Senate tickets for Yobe North and Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial Districts respectively, sparking controversy over the legality of such a move since most Senate primaries had already been conducted before the presidential primaries.
The national commissioner and chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee Festus Okoye disclosed this in a statement titled: ‘Spurious Allegations In Respect Of Nomination of Candidates in Some Senatorial Districts’ made available to newsmen yesterday in Abuja.
“The Forms of the two personalities in question were not published by the Commission,” INEC said.
“The decision of the Commission triggered legal action which are still ongoing.
“It therefore defies logic and common sense to go around and submit doctored documents purportedly recognising the duo as candidates when the matter is clearly sub-judice.”
Okoye said as evidence of the alleged role played by the Commission, a certified true copy of Form 9C uploaded by their political party and received by the Commission on 17th June, 2022 when the nomination portal closed was earlier presented.
Okoye added that the matter is still in court.