Any political party that after today fails to submit nominated candidates for either Presidential, Governors, National Assembly elections stands disqualified as today remains the official deadline for final submission of names of candidates by various political parties through nomination forms to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
According to INEC’s time-table and Schedule of Activities for the 2015 General Elections, indicate that last day for the submission of nomination forms by political parties is slated for today (Tuesday).
Specifically, the time table scheduled the last day for submission of nomination forms for Presidential and National Assembly by parties for January 6th 2015, while Governorship and states’ House of Assembly is fixed for January, 20, 2015.
INEC stated that this is in accordance with section 32,37,38,39 of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended), mandates the Commission to appoint time for submission.
Continuing, the time table revealed that publication of official Register of voters for the election is expected on January, 13th 2015.
Section 30 of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended) provides not later than 30 days before the election.
It would be recalled that INEC had already released names of presidential candidates; besides the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate president Goodluck Jonathan and the All Progressive Congress (APC) candidate Muhammadu Buhari, other presidential candidates include Action Alliance, Tunde Anifowose-Kelani; Kowa Party, Prof. Oluremi Sonaiya; United Progressives Party; Chief Chekwas Okorie and National Conscience Party, Chief Martin Onovo.
Others are: African Democratic Congress, Dr. Ibrahim Nani; United Democratic Party, Godson Okoye; Alliance for Democracy, Rafiu Salau; Peoples Party of Nigeria, Kelvin Alagoa.
Allied Congress Party of Nigeria is fielding, Alhaji Ganiyu Oseni; African Peoples Alliance, Alhaji Adebayo Ayeni; and Hope Democratic Party, Ambrose Owuru.