Ondo Guber: INEC denies substitution candidates of AAC

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By Joy Odor

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it did not substitute the candidates of the African Action Congress (AAC) or any other political party for the Ondo State governorship election.

The Commission in a statement signed by National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee, Barister Festus Okoye, said it received only one submission from the AAC through its dedicated online portal for candidate nomination, adding that the names uploaded on the portal by the political parties were the same names published.

It clarified that the Commission only receives the names of candidates and running mates from the National Headquarters of Political Parties, duly signed by both the National Chairman and National Secretary.

He urged the aspirants, candidates and State Branches of Political Parties with issues or challenges relating to their nominated candidates to approach and resolve such issues with the National Chairmen and Secretaries of their respective Political Parties.

“On Friday 31st July 2020, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) published the Provisional List of Candidates for the Ondo State Governorship Election scheduled for 10th October 2020 in its State Office in Akure and also uploaded same to its website and social media platforms.

“The list contains the names of the Governorship and Deputy Governorship candidates submitted by 17 political parties, including the African Action Congress (AAC) at the close of nomination on 28th July 2020.

“However, one of the aspirants in the primaries of the party accused the Commission of substituting his name as the rightful Governorship candidate of the party, while another aspirant also claimed that the Commission substituted his Deputy Governorship candidate.

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