Lawan, Akpabio, Tambuwal, May Soon Be Jailed - INEC

Lawan, Akpabio, Tambuwal, May Soon Be Jailed - INEC

Senate President Ahmad Lawan, former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio and other politicians who obtained more than one nomination form, risk two years’ imprisonment under the Electoral Act, 2022.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner in Akwa Ibom State, Mike Igini, disclosed this on Tuesday.

He said, “A person who signs a nomination paper or result form as a candidate in more than one constituency at the same election [commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a maximum term of imprisonment for two years].”

Igini said by “constituency,” the electoral term refers to a separate election whether it is presidential, governorship, senatorial, the House of Representatives or that of state assembly.

He said any candidate who runs afoul of this law is liable to be jailed for two years, and that Section 115 (3) even states that an attempt to obtain multiple forms is an offence.

By Igini’s account, other politicians who might have violated the electoral act include Governors Ben Ayade of Cross River State, former Minister, Godswill Akpabio, Senate President, Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State and Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State.

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