The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has again reiterate their refusal to recognize the Senate president Ahmad Lawan, and Senator Godswill Akpabio as the candidate of the All Progressive Congress, in their respective senatorial district.
Explaining why the commission has again denied both Senator Akpabio, and Ahmad Lawan recognition as the senatorial candidate of the APC, the Nigerian electoral umpire in a statement signed by INEC National Commissioner, Festus Okoye, said the matter was still in court and it would maintain the status quo.
Both Lawan and Akpabio had contested the APC Presidential primaries.
However, after losing, both of them were listed as senatorial candidates by the APC, but INEC refused to recognise them.
On Tuesday, there were reports that the two had finally been recognised by the commission.
In the statement that was tittled ‘Spurious Allegations in Respect of Nomination of Candidates in Some Senatorial Districts’, the commission said it had not recognised them.
“For the record, the commission has not recognised any of the two personalities as a senatorial candidate.
“We call for responsible reportage as against the unwarranted attack on the commission and its officials over a matter than can be easily fact-checked,” the statement read.
The commission said a certified true copy of Form 9C was uploaded by the APC and received by the Commission on June 17, 2022 when the nomination portal closed was presented.
It explained that the Form EC9 submission of names of candidates by political parties is the form uploaded by parties on the INEC nomination portal.
“The forms of the two personalities in question were not published by the commission. The decision of the commission triggered legal actions 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,” it said.