Olusegun Ariyo

Expectations are high as today is the finalization of submission of the list of candidates from all political parties as the independent National Electoral Commission said there would be no extension of today’s deadline for Parties to submit names of their presidential candidates and running mates

The Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi, in an interview with journalists insisted that the commission had not changed the deadline.

When asked if it was possible to get the number of political parties that had submitted the lists of candidates, Oyekanmi said, “We have to wait till 6 pm, Friday 17th June (the deadline), to have the accurate figure. There will be no extension.”

The commission last month fixed June 9 as the deadline for parties to conduct their primaries and June 17 for submission of candidates’ lists.

https://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.519.0_en.html#goog_1508251616 Earlier on Thursday, the Peoples Democratic Party’s presidential candidate, former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, had unveiled the Delta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa as his running mate.

As of 9:50 pm on Thursday, the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, had yet to announce his running mate amid controversy over a Muslim-Muslim ticket.

There were reports on Thursday that Tinubu had submitted a name to INEC as his running mate, who according to the report, he would replace later.

When contacted, the Director of Tinubu Campaign Organisation, Bayo Onanuga, said he was not aware of the development.

He stated, “I spoke with the candidate yesterday (Wednesday). He hasn’t told me whom he had in mind or who he is going to announce.”

But a ranking member of the House of Representatives, James Faleke, in an interview with pressmen said Tinubu was still consulting with the APC leaders, adding that there was no division in the party.

Faleke, who is the leader of the Tinubu Support Group, stated, “I can assure you that the candidate is making proper consultations with the leaders of the party before deciding.”

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