Ezekwesili WithDrawal From Presidential Election: “It’s Too Late” — INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that it is too late for Dr Obiageli Ezekwesili to withdraw as presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN).

According to Mr Rotimi Oyekanmi, the Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman Professor Mahmood Yakubu, taking such a step at this time is against the constitution as amended.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today, Mr Oyekanmi said “The deadline for Ezekwesili or any candidate in that category to withdraw or be replaced has passed”.

Oyekanmi said candidates are free to withdraw their candidature but in Ezekwesili’s case the timing is the problem.

He said according to section 35 of the electoral act, “you can indicate that willingness not later than 45 days to the General Elections”.

The INEC Chairman’s spokesperson noted that in the 2019 schedule of activities, 17th of November 2018 was the last day for withdrawal or replacement of candidates.

Mr Oyekanmi further stressed that though Ezekwesili cannot be forced to participate in the election, still she cannot withdraw because that contravenes the law.

He said if she had indicated earlier, the opportunity would have been given to the party for a replacement, adding that now it is too late.

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