INEC Fixes Jan. 28 for By-election into Etsako Federal Constituency, Edo

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has fixed January 28, 2017, for the conduct of the by-election into the vacant seat of Etsako Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives.
The notice of the election was contained in a statement, signed by the acting Secretary of the Commission, Musa Adamu.
Recall that the seat became vacant on November 12, 2016, following the swearing-in of the former member representing the area, Philip Shuaibu, as Deputy Governor of Edo State.
INEC’s nitice advised all participating political parties to conduct their primaries on or before January ‎15, in line with Section 87 of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended).The electoral umpire which fixed January 17 as the last day for the submission of Forms CF001, CF002 and nomination forms at the INEC headquarters, added that the personal particulars of candidates (CF001) and list of nominated‎ candidates would be published not later that January 22
It also stated that while the names of the party agents for the election would be submitted to the electoral officer on January ‎20, campaigns were expected to end on January 26.
Dr. Cyril Oshiomhole, eldest son of the immediate past Governor of the State, Adams Oshiomhole, is one of the aspirants contesting the primary of All Progressives Congress.
However, leadership of the party has denied knowledge of the development.
The State Chairman of the party, Anselm Ojezua, in a telephone interview with journalists in Benin, said the party was yet to commence the sale of the expression of interest forms.
“I am not aware. We have not asked them to come and express their interests. In fact, we just got the information today that INEC fixed a date for the election.
“So as soon as we get the forms (from the national headquarters), we will now advertise within the party for those who are interested ‎to come and obtain forms. It is those who obtain the forms and return them that we will call aspirants,” Ojezua said.
Reacting to the campaign posters of some politicians in some parts of the State, the APC Chairman said: “That is what they (politicians) usually do. But we do not recognise that.
“It is only those who return the forms that we recognise as aspirants because some people can take the forms and not return them.”

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