INEC Releases List of Presidential, NASS Candidates. List Shows Just One Female Presidential Candidate

In compliance with the Time Table and Schedule of Activities for the 2023 general elections released by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) last February, the final list of candidates for next year’s presidential and National Assembly polls was published today.

The list confirms the names of the candidates and their political parties as they will feature for in the general elections scheduled for 25th February 2023.

Titled, ‘Final list of candidates for national elections – (Presidential, Senatorial and House of Representatives)’, the document contains the names, party, age, gender, academic qualifications and shows if there are Persons With Disabilities, PWDs.

The publication of the full names and addresses of all nominated candidates follows the political parties’ conduct of primaries and completion of the nomination exercise and submission of same to INEC.

According to INEC, all the 18 political parties have fielded candidates and their running mates for the Presidential election.

As expected, the three front-running candidates – Peter Obi of Labour Party, LP, Bola Ahmed Tinubu of All Progressives Congress, APC, and Abubakar Atiku of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP – are conspicuously listed. The only female presidential candidate is 44-year-old Princess Chichi Ojei of the Allied Peoples Movement, APM. There are no female presidential running mates either.

For legislative elections, 1,101 candidates are vying for 109 Senatorial seats and 3,122 candidates for Federal Constituencies i.e. House of Representatives seats, making a total of 4,223 candidates contesting for 469 legislative positions.

In terms of gender distribution, 3,875 candidates are male, made up of 35 for Presidential and Vice Presidential, 1,008 for Senate and 2,832 for House of Representatives.

381 females, comprising 1 for Presidential, 92 for Senate, and 288 for House of Representatives are contesting. There are also 11 Persons with Disability (PWDs) in the race.

The INEC statement explained the process leading to the final list: “Nigerians may recall that at end of the process, the personal particulars of all nominated candidates were displayed in their constituencies nationwide as provided by section 29(3) of the Electoral Act. Subsequently, validly nominated candidates had the opportunity to voluntarily withdraw their candidature by notice in writing and personally deliver such notice to the political party that nominated them for the election. Thereafter, political parties substituted such candidates under section 31 of the Electoral Act for which the last day was 15th July 2022 for national elections and 12th August 2022 for State elections as clearly provided in item 6 of the Commission’s Timetable and Schedule of Activities. Thereafter, no withdrawal or substitution of candidates is allowed except in the event of death as provided in section 34(1) of the Electoral Act or pursuant to an order of a Court of competent jurisdiction.”

The election for State Governorship and State Houses of Assembly is fixed for 11th March 2023, and the final list of candidates is to be published by INEC in two weeks.


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