The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released the final list of presidential candidates in the 2023 general elections.
Among the candidates cleared by the electoral commission are Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP); Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Peter Obi of the Labor Party (LP) and Rabiu Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP).
Below is the final list of candidates for the 2023 presidential election as published by INEC:
1. Imumolen Christopher – Accord Party (AP)
2. Al-Mustapha Hamza – Action Alliance (AA)
3. Sowore Omoyele – African Action Congress (AAC)
4. Kachikwu Dumebi – African Democratic Congress (ADC)
5. Sani Yabagi Yusuf – Democratic Action Party (ADP)
6. Tinubu Bola Ahmed – All Progressives Congress (APC)
7. Umeadi Peter Nnanna – All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA)
8. Ojei Princess Chichi – Allied People’s Movement (APM)
9. Nnamdi Charles Osita – Action Peoples Party (APP)
10. Adenuga Sunday Oluwafemi – Boot Party (BP)
11. Obi Peter Gregory – Labor Party (LP)
12. Musa Rabiu Kwankwaso – New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP)
13. Osakwe Felix Johnson – National Rescue Movement (NRM)
14. Abubakar Atiku – People’s Democratic Party (PDP)
15. Abiola Latifu Kolawole – Peoples Redemption Party (PRP)
16. Adebayo Adewole Ebenezer – Social Democratic Party (SDP)
17. Ado-Ibrahim Abdumalik – Young Progressive Party (YPP)
18. Nwanyanwu Daniel Daberechukwu – Zenith Labor Party (ZLP)
Meanwhile, INEC National Commissioner and Chairman of the Voter Information and Education Committee, Festus Okoye gave details of the candidates running for office.
In a Tuesday, September 20 statement, Okoye disclosed that there were 11 persons with disabilities (PWDs) among those vying for various positions.
Read the full statement below:
At its regular weekly meeting held today Tuesday, September 20, 2022, the Commission approved the final list of candidates for national elections (Presidential, Senate and Federal constituencies) pursuant to Section 32(1) of the Elections Act 2022 and item 8 of the Calendar and Calendar of Activities for the 2023 General Election.
Publication of the full names and addresses of all nominated candidates follows the conduct of the primaries by the political parties and the completion of the nomination exercise.
Nigerians may recall that at the end of the process, the personal details of all nominated candidates were posted in their constituencies nationwide as provided for in Section 29(3) of the Elections Act.
Subsequently, validly nominated candidates were given the opportunity to voluntarily withdraw their candidacy by written notice and to personally deliver this notice to the political party that nominated them for election.
Subsequently, the political parties replaced these candidates under article 31 of the electoral law for which the last day was July 15, 2022 for national elections and August 12, 2022 for national elections, as clearly provided item 6 of the Commission’s calendar and program of activities.
Thereafter, no withdrawal or substitution of candidates is permitted except in the event of death as provided for in Section 34(1) of the Elections Act or pursuant to an order of a competent court.
The list published today contains the names of the candidates validly nominated for the national elections at the end of the party’s primaries and the period reserved for the withdrawal and substitution of the candidates.
The final slate of state election candidates (Governance and State Constituencies) will be released on October 4, 2022, as already listed in the 2023 General Election Calendar and Schedule of Activities.
We note the fact that not all political parties have held primaries in all constituencies, submitted details of candidates from valid primaries or replaced their candidates after new primaries within 14 days as required by Article 33 electoral law.
This has led to numerous disputes, some of which are ongoing. Where the Commission received court orders from aspirants or aggrieved candidates prior to the publication of this list, these have been noted in the remarks column.
In summary, all 18 political parties fielded candidates and their running mates for the presidential election. For the legislative elections, 1,101 candidates are vying for 109 senatorial seats and 3,122 candidates for the federal constituencies, that is to say the seats of the House of Representatives, making a total of 4,223 candidates vying for 469 legislative posts.
In terms of gender distribution, 3,875 candidates are men, including 35 for President and Vice President, 1,008 for the Senate and 2,832 for the House of Representatives. Similarly, 381 women including 1 for the presidential election, 92 for the senate and 288 for the house of representatives are in the running. There are also 11 persons with disabilities (PWD) in the race.
The list of specific constituencies is published in each state where they are found, while the full national list has been uploaded to the Commission’s website.
We call on all political parties to forward any comments on the list of candidates to the Commission and this must be signed by the national president and the secretary of the political party and supported by an affidavit as provided for in Article 32(2 ) of the electoral law. 2022.
Esq Festus Okoye
National Commissioner and Chair, Voter Information and Education Committee
Tuesday September 20, 2022.