The full list of presidential and national assembly candidates for the 2023 general election has been revealed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The commission said it had approved the final list of candidates “in accordance with section 32(1) of the Electoral Act 2022 and item 8 of the timetable and schedule of activities for the 2023 general election” in a statement released on Tuesday.
“In summary, all the 18 political parties have fielded candidates and their running mates for the Presidential election. For legislative elections, 1,101 candidates are vying for 109 Senatorial seats and 3,122 candidates for Federal Constituencies i.e. House of Representatives seats, making a total of 4,223 candidates contesting for 469 legislative positions,” INEC’s statement read.
“In terms of gender distribution, 3,875 candidates are male, made up of 35 for Presidential and Vice Presidential, 1,008 for Senate, and 2,832 for House of Representatives. Similarly, 381 females comprising 1 for the Presidential, 92 for the Senate, and 288 for the House of Representatives are contesting. There are also 11 Persons with Disability (PWDs) in the race,” it added
While David Umahi, governor of Ebonyi, made the list as the All Progressives Congress (APC) senatorial candidate for Ebonyi south, former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Goodwill Akpabio also clinched the senatorial ticket for Akwa Ibom North. However, Ahmed Lawan’s name was missing.
After losing the APC presidential primary, Lawan, Umahi, and Akpabio decided to run for Senate seats in Yobe North, Ebonyi South, and Akwa Ibom Northwest, respectively.
The action sparked uproar because most Senate primaries were held before the presidential primary.
Furthermore, INEC earlier refused to reveal the identity of any candidate for the party in the concerned senatorial districts.