The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has no candidate for Yobe North and Akwa-Ibom North West Senatorial Districts.
This will put an end to the ambition of Senate President Ahmed Lawan and Senator Godswill Akpabio to represent their senatorial districts in the 10th Assembly.
The two politicians are battling to get the party’s ticket after losing the APC presidential primary.
But INEC’s National Commissioner, Festus Okoye said the electoral body does not recognise any APC candidate for both senatorial zones.
“In these two constituencies, two names were forwarded and the commission made a determination that the names were not persons who emerged from a validly conducted party primaries and we did not publish their names. That is where we are.
“Their (Lawan and Akpabio) names were uploaded by the APC to our candidates’ nomination portal but the Commission made a determination that they were not the candidates that emerged from valid party primaries,” he said.
He added that the commission did not publish their names and their particulars in their constituencies, which means the APC does not have candidates in those constituencies.