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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has published the list of senatorial and House of Representatives candidates for various political parties that had cleared to contest the 2023 general elections in Ebonyi State.
The state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Ebonyi Chukwuemeka Chukwu made this known in Abakaliki, the state capital on Tuesday.
The REC revealed that a total of eighty candidates are to contest for seats in the National Assembly in the 2023 general polls.
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Some of the candidates who made the list include the governor of the state David Umahi who would be vying for the senatorial seat on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for Ebonyi South, and the first civilian governor of the state Senator Sam Egwu under the umbrella of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Chukwu went further to disclose that a total of fifty-one candidates will participate in the coming general elections as nominated by their respective political parties to contest for seats in the House of Representatives, while twenty-nine will contest for the three senatorial positions across Ebonyi State.
Meanwhile, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Igbo apex socio-political organisation has on Sunday declared that the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, is not in any ramifications prepared and competent to conduct the needed free, fair, and credible elections in 2023.
Ohanaeze has also posited that the evidence has confirmed that Yakubu has endangered and compromised his office with the level of falsification allegations leveled against him by the Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, which revealed that the INEC Chief Umpire is ‘biased, unpredictable and unreliable to independently give Nigerians a credible election.’
Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, Secretary-General, said President Muhammadu Buhari should get rid of Yakubu amid the allegations made by CUPP.