Governor-elects to get certificate of return come nextweek- INEC confirms
According to Festus Okoye, a National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the commission has announced that it will commence the issuance of certificates of return to newly elected governors, deputy governors-elect, and State Assembly members-elect from Wednesday, March 29 to Friday, March 31.
This follows the provisions of Section 72(1) of the Electoral Act 2022, which mandates the Commission to issue a certificate of return to every candidate who has been declared elected within 14 days.
“Pursuant to the above provision, the Commission has fixed Wednesday 29th, Thursday 30th and Friday 31st March 2023 for the issuance of certificates of return to Governors and Deputy Governors-elect as well as State Assembly members-elect.
The presentation will take place in INEC offices in each State of the Federation. Specific dates for the issuance of the certificates shall be communicated to those elected by the Resident Electoral Commissioners and Administrative Secretaries of the various States,” he stated.
Currently, the outcomes of 26 out of the 28 governorship elections have been declared. Among them, the All Progressives Congress (APC) emerged victorious in 15 states, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in nine, while the Labour Party (LP) clinched one.
The New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) also emerged victorious in Kano. However, the elections in Kebbi and Adamawa were deemed inconclusive.