Eight days to the release of the final list of candidates for the 2023 general election, the destiny of a number of candidates is as yet in limbo because of lingering post-primary crises.
The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Teacher Mahmood Yakubu recently said the commission would publish the final list of candidates on September 20 on the commission’s website, while the governorship and state house of assembly will be released on October 4.
According to him, the activity is in accordance with Section 32(1) of the Electoral Act 2022 and the Timetable and Schedule of Activities released by the INEC.
Weeks after it revealed the particulars of all the candidates submitted by the political parties, a lot of court cases challenging the process that threw up the candidates and their eligibility, coupled with an alleged breach of the provisions of the Electoral Act and other extant laws on elections have raged on.
In certain states, there could be no less than 16 cases filed by aggrieved ‘candidates’ claiming to be the authentic choice of their political parties.