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The body, in a statement made available to journalists on Sunday and signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi, stated that the rumor was unfounded, as the INEC Chairman is presently occupied with processes leading to party congresses and the 2023 general elections.

INEC Debunks Rumored Chairman’s Interest In Presidency

…..As APC Rakes In #19.9Billion From Sales of Expression of Interest Forms

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has debunked a rumor going round last week that it’s Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu would pick the All Progressive Congress (APC) nomination form to vie for the post of Nigerian President.

The body, in a statement made available to journalists on Sunday and signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi, stated that the rumor was unfounded, as the INEC Chairman is presently occupied with processes leading to party congresses and the 2023 general elections.

INEC claimed that Mahmood is committed to a free and fair election and any attempt by any individual or group to associate him with political interest will be at variance with his personal principles.

“Our attention has been drawn to innuendos in certain quarters that Nigerians should not be surprised if the INEC Chairman joins the presidential race or urging him to do so, it is preposterous proposition, it will not happen.

“The Chairman remains an umpire to free, fair and credible elections, his constitutional responsibilities as the Chief Electoral Commissioner of the Federation and Returning Officer for the Presidential Election are onerous enough for him to even contemplate straying into extraneous matters at variance with the law, morality and his personal principles.”

Meanwhile, the All Progressive Congress (APC) has raked in about #19.9billion from the sales of Expression of Interest Forms to people with interests in the presidential, gubernatorial, senatorial and House of Representatives posts.

An analysis of the numbers according to these posts by an online statistics data service (StatiSense) on Friday showed that twenty-two forms were sold as at Friday for the Presidency at the rate of #100million each, while ninety-five forms were sold to those interested in the Governorship at ₦50m each.

StatiSense, a Lagos-based data analysis company disclosed that 241 firms have been sold by APC for the post of Senator Senate at ₦20m each, while the House of Representatives nomination forms sold at #10m each is 821.