As the 2023 elections draw closer, lots of political parties have been making series of preparations. One of such is the primary election at the presidential level, which was followed by deciding on a choice for running mate.
With regards to this, Peter Obi the labour Party presidential candidate and Bola Tinubu, the All Progressive Congress (APC) presidential candidates were said to have submitted the names of their running mates to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
However, according to a report by DailyPost, INEC, on Monday, ruled out the concept of ” placeholder” or dummy vice presidential candidate as done by political parties, adding that it has no place in the constitution of Nigeria.
According to the report, while speaking during a chat on ARISE TV on Monday, INEC Commissioner for Voters’ Education and Information, Barrister Festus Okoye, ruled out the concept of ” placeholder” for vice- presidential candidates.
He explained that such a concept has no place in the constitution of INEC. Okoye also explained that ” placeholder is a unique Nigerian invention” for which the commission’ s law has no provision.
Still speaking, the INEC personnel said the constitution of the electoral body makes it very clear that you cannot run alone as a presidential candidate and must nominate an associate to run with you for that position.
Okoye also said as far as INEC is concerned, the presidential candidates have submitted their associates to run with them in the presidential election.
” As far as we are concerned, there’ s no form submitted by the presidential candidate where they said we’ re submitting this person’ s name as a place or placeholder, ” he said.
He also noted that political parties’ candidates have submitted names of associates to run with them, and that is the position of the law as at today and nothing has changed.
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In addition, he noted that for a substitution of a candidate, the vice- presidential candidate must write to INEC, with a sworn affidavit stating that he is withdrawing from the race within the time frame provided by the law. That’ s the only way there can be a substitution of candidates.