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INEC Cannot Accept Candidates Where There Were No Primaries - Falana Backs Igini by Nemere2020: 9:27am On Jun 23
Senior Advocate of Nigeria Femi Falana says the Electoral Act 2022 has made the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, not to be a mere bystander in party primaries but has empowered it to take action where primaries are not conducted according to the rules.

Falana was reacting to the decision taken by Resident Electoral Commissioner Mike Igini that former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio is not a senatorial candidate as no valid primary was conducted.

Igini had also announced that the APC did not conduct any valid governorship primary in Akwa Ibom state as it was canceled due to security reasons

Falana said Igini was right. He cited section 84 sub 13 of the electoral act, which says “Where a political party fails to comply with the provisions of this Act in the conduct of its primaries, its candidate for election shall not be included in the election for the particular position in issue”.

According to the senior lawyer, the legal implication of the provision is that INEC cannot accept names where no primaries were conducted

Akpabio had contested the APC Presidential primaries, but announced his withdrawal at the venue following which he later sought to get his party’s ticket for the senate to represent Akwa Ibom North West

Falana also took a swipe at INEC National Commissioner, Mohammed Haruna, who was quoted as saying that “INEC has no powers to reject names sent by political parties.

“Primaries are the sole prerogatives of parties. INEC’s responsibility is merely to monitor the primaries and make sure they abide by their own regulations, the Electoral Act & the Constitution.”

Referring to Section 84 (1) of the Electoral Act which states that “A political party seeking to nominate candidates for elections under this Act shall hold primaries for aspirants to all elective positions which shall be monitored by the commission,”

Falana insisted that any primary of a political party not monitored by officials of INEC is illegal.

“INEC having sent a team of monitors across its 36 States offices and the Federal Capital Territory, to monitor the primaries, is legally obligated to check the names submitted to it and ensure they are confirmed by the various reports compiled by its officials.”

He added, “If the candidates whose names are submitted to INEC have not emerged from the primaries, the Commission will reject such names in exercise of its power under Section 84(13) of the Electoral Act 2022”.

The senior lawyer maintains that Igini’s position is not new, as it was the same position held by INEC in Zamfara State in 2018 when it declared that the APC did not conduct any valid primary, a position that was later upheld by the Supreme Court leading to the sack of all elected APC candidates from that state including the Governor

He described the latest stance by the INEC National Commisioner as surprising. “It is therefore, most shocking to read in the social media, statements attributed to some INEC National Commissioners that to the effect that INEC is bound to accept the names of candidates who did not participate in valid party primaries. With respect, the statement that INEC does not have power to reject names of persons submitted by political parties that did not emerge from valid primaries is grossly misleading.

“In fact, the embarrassing statement amounts to abdication of statutory duty under the above quoted provision of the Electoral Act aimed at sanitizing the process of nomination of candidates for national elections in Nigeria”.

https://ait.live/falana-backs-igini-says-inec-cannot-accept-candidates-where-there-were-no-party-primaries/
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Re: INEC Cannot Accept Candidates Where There Were No Primaries - Falana Backs Igini by Malory: 9:28am On Jun 23
Good. Are we no longer in a democracy? Both common Akpabio and the obesed rubber stamp Tomato seller are gonners

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Re: INEC Cannot Accept Candidates Where There Were No Primaries - Falana Backs Igini by Imortal001(m): 9:28am On Jun 23
Good

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Re: INEC Cannot Accept Candidates Where There Were No Primaries - Falana Backs Igini by Moferere: 9:44am On Jun 23
The way Igini is dealing with the APC in Akwa Ibom eehn.
That party must learn to follow the rules. grin

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Re: INEC Cannot Accept Candidates Where There Were No Primaries - Falana Backs Igini by Christonjnr(m): 10:01am On Jun 23
I don't even know what ApC took Nigerians as��
Even when the rules makes it clear you won't return to the senate.
You still want to play the intelligence of the Nigerians

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Re: INEC Cannot Accept Candidates Where There Were No Primaries - Falana Backs Igini by kolafolabi(m): 10:01am On Jun 23
Mr. Falana should also clerify why Ahmed Lawan name was submitted to INEC, whereas, he wasn't duly the APC original flag bearer of the Yobe North Senatorial District.

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Re: INEC Cannot Accept Candidates Where There Were No Primaries - Falana Backs Igini by floss(m): 10:01am On Jun 23
Hmm
Re: INEC Cannot Accept Candidates Where There Were No Primaries - Falana Backs Igini by NaijaRoyalty(m): 10:01am On Jun 23
Very good

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Re: INEC Cannot Accept Candidates Where There Were No Primaries - Falana Backs Igini by Rastaramsey(m): 10:01am On Jun 23
APC wan run Nigeria local angry grin grin grin

Buhari wan run out him consesus candidate for better post grin grin grin

This country nah shit hole.....

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Re: INEC Cannot Accept Candidates Where There Were No Primaries - Falana Backs Igini by fitinwell: 10:01am On Jun 23
And ?
Re: INEC Cannot Accept Candidates Where There Were No Primaries - Falana Backs Igini by ekukeku(m): 10:02am On Jun 23
Inec
Re: INEC Cannot Accept Candidates Where There Were No Primaries - Falana Backs Igini by Business1230(f): 10:02am On Jun 23
Hmmm

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Re: INEC Cannot Accept Candidates Where There Were No Primaries - Falana Backs Igini by JosephXavier: 10:03am On Jun 23
INEC should also try and reject the issue of Sen. Ahmed Lawan who claimed to have participated in Your state APC senatorial primaries (though he didn't) has his name as the candidate while the actual winner Bashir Machina didn't make the list

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Re: INEC Cannot Accept Candidates Where There Were No Primaries - Falana Backs Igini by ekukeku(m): 10:03am On Jun 23
INEC has been hijack by APC government

I lost hope in INEC since d last election of OSUN state declared inconclusive

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Re: INEC Cannot Accept Candidates Where There Were No Primaries - Falana Backs Igini by butpro(m): 10:03am On Jun 23
For 8 years, Buharui and APX couldn't find solution to electricity, fuel and education....... 8 years oooooo. And some of us are still shouting "Tinutiku"

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Re: INEC Cannot Accept Candidates Where There Were No Primaries - Falana Backs Igini by ashybabs(m): 10:04am On Jun 23
seen
Re: INEC Cannot Accept Candidates Where There Were No Primaries - Falana Backs Igini by ArewaNightmare: 10:05am On Jun 23
angry Why is APC synonymous with FRAUD ?


ive asked this question many times but no answer

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Re: INEC Cannot Accept Candidates Where There Were No Primaries - Falana Backs Igini by thatigboman1: 10:05am On Jun 23
Lawan nko? Contested and lost presidential primaries. Next thing his name is in Senate list, how?

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Re: INEC Cannot Accept Candidates Where There Were No Primaries - Falana Backs Igini by tommy589(m): 10:06am On Jun 23
Igini

I may be wrong,but he is one INEC official different from most,he won't submit to illegalities

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Re: INEC Cannot Accept Candidates Where There Were No Primaries - Falana Backs Igini by NakedTruth4eva: 10:06am On Jun 23
Someone should bring the Bloomberg report on Thiefnubu and Atiku to the front page

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Re: INEC Cannot Accept Candidates Where There Were No Primaries - Falana Backs Igini by CheapHomes1: 10:06am On Jun 23
kolafolabi:
Mr. Falana should also clerify why Ahmed Lawan name was submitted to INEC, whereas, he wasn't duly the APC original flag bearer of the Yobe North Senatorial District.

He has already clarified it. Check the article again

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Re: INEC Cannot Accept Candidates Where There Were No Primaries - Falana Backs Igini by Kingspin(m): 10:06am On Jun 23
Yahoo INEC

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Re: INEC Cannot Accept Candidates Where There Were No Primaries - Falana Backs Igini by lifestyle1(m): 10:07am On Jun 23
Re: INEC Cannot Accept Candidates Where There Were No Primaries - Falana Backs Igini by booblacain(m): 10:07am On Jun 23
Falana is forgetting that the law in the South is different from the law in the North

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Re: INEC Cannot Accept Candidates Where There Were No Primaries - Falana Backs Igini by Vyzz: 10:07am On Jun 23
cool
Re: INEC Cannot Accept Candidates Where There Were No Primaries - Falana Backs Igini by Stevenson20: 10:07am On Jun 23
Lawan and Akpabio left the group chat grin grin

PDP killed this corntree, APShit buried it.

Vote wisely in 2023
Vote Peter Obi

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Re: INEC Cannot Accept Candidates Where There Were No Primaries - Falana Backs Igini by akwaxxy: 10:07am On Jun 23
Democracy in the mud

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Re: INEC Cannot Accept Candidates Where There Were No Primaries - Falana Backs Igini by omoredia: 10:08am On Jun 23
Hehe money can never be my problem. It's my life's purpose I'm looking for. True2dat

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