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Presidency: Jonathan, Buhari get nine rivals

Published by The Nation on Sun, 28 Dec 2014

Ten candidates will be slugging it out in the February 14, 2015 presidential election, and that is official.The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) last night released the list of the candidates and they include President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), General Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and a woman- Prof. Comfort Oluremi Sonaiya of Kowa Party.The rest are: Ambrose Albert( Hope Democratic Party); Ganiyu Galadima( Allied Congress Party of Nigeria); Rafiu Salau ( Alliance for Democracy); Godson Okoye (United Democratic Party); Dr. Nani Ibrahim Ahmad (African Democratic Congress); Martin Onovo (National Conscience Party); Tunde Anifowoshe-Kelani (Action Alliance); and Chekwas Okorie (United Progressive Party).Their running mates are: Vice-President Namadi Sambo (PDP); Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (APC); Haruna Shaba (Hope Democratic Party); Balarabe Ahmed (ACPN); Prof. Clinton Cliff Akuchie (AD); Haruna Adamu (United Democratic Party); Obianuju Murphy-Uzohue (African Democratic Congress); Ibrahim Mohammed(NCP); Saidu Bobboi (Kowa Party); Comrade Paul Ishaka Ofomile (Action Alliance); and Bello Umar( United Progressive Party).The submission of the names to INEC closed on December 25 and Nigerians have seven days to raise any objection on the particulars of the candidates.The list of candidates and their credentials were pasted on a container kiosk at the FCT office of INEC in Abuja for claims and objections.This is in line with the provisions of the Electoral Act.INEC also said the grounds for qualification are as specified in Sections 65 106, 131 and 177 of the 1999 Constitution.The Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Mr. Kayode Robert Idowu, said: We have complied with the law; we have published the list of all the presidential candidates in all the states of the Federation. For other elective offices, the lists will be published in their constituencies and senatorial districts as applicable.The electoral agency said Nigerians are free to screen the particulars and raise issues if they think any candidate should be disqualified.INEC said: The personal particulars are displayed in all the state and local government offices of the commission in the constituencies of the candidates.Any person who has reasonable grounds to believe that any information given by any candidate is false or that the candidate is not qualified or is disqualified from contesting the elections should notify the commission in writing within seven days of this publication.Eleven conditions under which any of the presidential candidates or other candidates can be disqualified are: While a person is disqualified if he or she (i) has declared allegiance to another country; (ii) has been elected to the office of President or Governor at any two previous elections; (iii) adjudged to be a lunatic or declared to be of unsound mind; (iv) is under a sentence of death or is under a sentence of imprisonment or fine for an offence involving dishonesty or fraud (v) has in the last 10 years been convicted and sentenced for an offence involving dishonesty (vi) has been found guilty of a contravention of the code of conduct; (vii) is an undischarged bankrupt; (viii) is employed in the public service and does not resign, withdraw or retire at least 30 days to the election; (ix) is a member of a secret society; (x) has been indicted for embezzlement or fraud by a Judicial Committee of Inquiry or an Administrative Panel of Inquiry or a Tribunal and which indictment has been accepted by the Federal or State Government; (xi) has presented a forged certificate to INECMeanwhile, there were strong indications yesterday that President Goodluck Jonathan has started reaching out to top Emirs and leaders in the North to counter the influence of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen. Muhammadu Buhari.A reliable source said: The battle between Jonathan and Buhari has really shifted to the North.Jonathan is engaging in covert consultations with some prominent Emirs and leaders on why he should be given second term in office.The President, Vice-President Namadi Sambo, PDP governors, and leaders will be embarking on manoeuvring shuttles to some of these key Northern leaders for support.They are desperate to take the battle to Buharis stronghold.The post Presidency: Jonathan, Buhari get nine rivals appeared first on The Nation.]]>
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