Oyetola, Adeleke, 13 others in INEC’s final list of candidates for Osun guber poll

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released the final list of candidates eligible to participate in the governorship election in Osun State.

In the final list released by the electoral umpire, the incumbent governor, Gboyega Oyetola, will face his old-time rival Senator Ademola Adeleke in the July 16 poll.

In 2018, Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) defeated Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) following a supplementary election held in seven polling units.

INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, in a statement yesterday, said the publication of the final list was due to close of nominations by parties and in compliance with the Electoral Act 2022.

He said: “The Commission wishes to remind political parties that under Section 32(2) of the Electoral Act 2022, any party that observes that the name of its candidate is missing from the list “shall notify the commission in writing, signed by its National Chairman and Secretary, supported with an affidavit not later than 90 days to the election.”

Okoye, therefore, advised parties to note the provision of the law for compliance.

Okoye, however, said any party that observed the name of its candidate was missing from the list “shall notify the commission in writing, signed by its national chairman and secretary, supported with an affidavit not later than 90 days to the election”.

“Furthermore, the attention of parties is drawn to Section 32(3) of the Electoral Act 2022, which provides that failure to notify the commission ‘shall not be ground to invalidate the election,” he said.

“The final list is published in our state and local government offices in Osun State, as well as our website and social media platforms for public information as required by law.

“Political parties are enjoined to note the provision of the law for compliance.”

According to INEC, only 15 out of the 18 political parties would participate in the poll.




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