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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has given a justification for why it is unable to replace former Kano State governor Ibrahim Shekarau name as the New Nigeria People Party’s (NNPP) senatorial candidate despite his Defection from the NNPP.

Despite leaving the party on August 29, Mr. Shekarau’s name appeared on the INEC final list as the NNPP’s senatorial candidate for Kano Central District.

Mr. Shekarau changed his allegiance to the Peoples Democratic Party, or PDP, which is the main opposition force in the state.

According to a previous report, Ifeanyi Okowa, the governor of Delta State and Atiku Abubakar, the PDP presidential candidate, were there when the former governor announced his decision to leave the party.

At the time, Mr. Shekarau asserted that he had informed the NNPP leadership in writing of his intention to leave the party.

He declared that he and thousands of his supporters had defected to the PDP and were now legitimate PDP members.

During his defection to the PDP last month, Mr. Shekarau stated, “I have legally written to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that I am no longer a senatorial candidate under the NNPP.

Why INEC didn’t change Shekarau’s name

However, INEC claimed that its decision to publicize Shekarau’s name as one of the party’s senatorial candidates was not motivated by knowledge that Shekarau had left the NNPP.

Suleiman Tahir, the chief of the legal division at INEC in Kano, told newsmen in a media interview that they were unable to change Mr. Shekarau’s name because the new electoral legislation did not permit it.

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“The new election legislation stated that once a candidate’s name was initially posted, before publishing the final list, persons involved must formally write INEC, attaching his or her pictures, and telling INEC of his or her intention to withdraw from the race or in the event of a death.

One can only withdraw in these two circumstances once his name has been initially displayed.

Mr. Tahir stated, “Mr. Shekarau did not perform any of the aforementioned.

The source claimed that because there is no official correspondence from either Mr. Shekarau or his former party (NNPP) notifying INEC of his defection and withdrawal from the election, INEC, as a legally mandated institution, is unaware of whether Mr. Shekarau left the NNPP.

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