THE Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) last night confirmed that it received 19 entries from over 30 registered political parties for the forthcoming governorship election in Edo State.
Speaking on telephone interview with the Nigerian Tribune at the end of the expiration of the submission of names of candidates to the commission, Mr Nick Dazang, Deputy Director, Publicity and Voter Education of the commission, said “so far, we have 16 political parties list with us that met the deadline.”
Dazang confirmed that APC, PDP and others made up the list.
Speaking on the list of the factions of the PDP that was accepted by the commission, he said “we accepted the list brought to us by the party based on court ruling. We don’t recognise individuals but a political party.”
The final list of the candidates is expected to be published within seven days from now.
Nick added that the commissions at the time of the interview had received nominations from 19 political parties including the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Others, according to him, were the Action Aliance (AA), African Democratic Congress (ACD), Advance Congress of Democrats ( ACD), Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Citizens Popular Party (CPP) and Independent Democrats ( ID).
Others were Kowa Party ( KP), Labour Party (LP), Mega Progressive Peoples Party (MPPP), Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA), Peoples Party of Nigeria (PPN), Social Democratic Party, United Progressive Party (UPP) and Young Democratic Party.