2023: APC Has No Guber Candidate In Enugu As Battles For States Take Shape, INEC Publishes Comprehensive List of Governorship Candidates


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The Independent National Electoral Commission, or INEC, published a list of candidates over the weekend, intensifying the competition for state legislative seats and government houses in 2023.

28 of the country’s 36 states would hold governorship elections the next year as eight states—Anambra, Imo, Edo, Bayelsa, Ekiti, Osun, Kogi, and Ondo—held off-cycle elections.

Sanwo-Olu and 15 other contenders square off in Lagos.

In Lagos, where Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu is running for reelection, the INEC approved 16 of the 18 political parties to run for governor.

According to the electoral commission’s list of candidates, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of the ruling APC, Mr. Olajide Abdulazeez Adeniran of the PDP, Mr. Dickson Olaogun of Accord, Mr. Balogun Abdurazaq of AA, and Mr. Olayiwola Olajide of the African Action Congress are among those running for governor.

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The remaining candidates are Mr. Doherty Adesina of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Mr. Bamidele Ishola of the African Democratic Party (ADP), Mr. Kupoliyi Funmilayo of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM), Mr. Awamaridi Ifagbemi of the Labour Party (LP), Mr. Jim-Kamal Olarewaju of the NNPP, Mr. Braithwaite Akinwunmi.

Adenipe Adekunle of the Zenith Labour Party, Adeyimi Abiola of the Action Peoples Party, and Oluwo Olawale of the Boot Party are also included.

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The 40 seats in the Lagos State House of Assembly would also be up for election, and 396 individuals representing 16 political parties would be running.

For all 40 seats in the state parliament, only the APC, PDP, Labour Party, NNPP, and ADP fielded candidates.

AA (38), AAC (20), ADC (37), BP (34), and SDP were the political parties that filed candidates in at least 10 of the 40 state constituencies for the house of assembly election (36).

While the YPP, PRP, Accord, and APM each fielded candidates in five, four, three, and one state constituencies, the APP and NRM each fielded candidates in nine state constituencies.

The newspaper did not list any candidates for governor from the Action Alliance (AA), All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), or People’s Redemption Party (PRP).

APGA and Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) also lacked candidates for the State assembly.

In Abia, Emenike, Onuoha, Ikonne, and others fight.

Ikechi Emenike, APC, Bishop Sunday Onuoha, ADC, Professor Greg Ibe, APGA, Professor Uche Ikonne, PDP, Enyinnaya Nwafor, YPP, Dr. Alex Otti, Labor Party, and Mascot Uzor Kalu, APP are among the candidates shortlisted by INEC for the governorship election in Abia in 2023.

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APC left out of Enugu while INEC cleared Mbah and others

The APC did not field a candidate for governor of Enugu State. Those qualified to vote in the governor’s race include: Peter Mbah is the candidate for the PDP. Nweke Frank Nnaemeka is the candidate for the APGA. Agbo Casmir Uchenna is the candidate for Labour.

310 contestants compete in Bayelsa for 24 assembly seats.

According to the INEC lists, there will be no fewer than 310 candidates running for the 24 House of Assembly seats in Bayelsa next year, representing 16 different political parties.

Six of the parties—PDP, APC, SDP, NNPP, LP, and ADC—fielded candidates across the entire state, according to the list posted at the INEC State Headquarters in Yenagoa.

AA, Accord, APGA, AAC, PRP, NRM, APP, ADP, YPP, APM, and Zenith Labour Party, ZLP, are the other parties who filed candidates but did not do so in all of the constituencies.

When reached, Mr. Wilfred Ifoga, INEC’s Bayelsa State Head of Voter Education and Publicity, informed Vanguard that the lists had also been pasted in all the organization’s local government council offices.

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According to Vanguard, this is in accordance with the commission’s activity schedule and section 29(3) of the Electoral Act 2022.

Solomon Agwanana, the state chairman of the PDP, responded when asked about the situation that he had not yet seen the list and would only comment after seeing it.

Abiodun and 12 other individuals become the governor of Ogun.

13 political parties will compete in Ogun for the position of governor of the state.

The flag of the ruling APC will be flown by the current governor, Prince Adedapo Abiodun, who is running for re-election. Ladi Adebutu of the PDP, Anthony Ojesina of the SDP, Okusanya Adedeji of the PRP, Adelanwa Kayemilola of the ADC, Harrison Adeyemi of the AAC, Falana Olufemi of the APP, and Sokunbi Kazeem of the ADP are additional candidates for governor.

Candidates from 12 parties run for assembly positions in Ekiti

For the 26 House of Assembly seats in Ekiti, no fewer than 126 candidates representing 12 political parties will compete.

AAC, ADP, NNPP, PRP, AA, ADC, PDP, APC, LP, SDP, NRM, and ZLP are the 12 political parties eager to participate in the elections in February 2023. According to Vanguard report.


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