INEC confirms 21 presidential candidates


The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of Nigeria confirmed yesterday in a press conference that 20 candidates had been approved for the presidential election due on 9th April 2011.  We have sourced the names of all but three of the candidates:

Ambrose Awuru (Hope Democratic Party)

Muhammadu Buhari (Congress for Progressive Change)

Nwadike Chikezie (Peoples Mandate Party)

John Dara (National Transformation Party)

Goodluck Jonathan (Peoples Democratic Party) (Incumbent President)

Dele Momodu (National Conscience Party)

Ebiti Ndok (United National Party for Development)

Yahaya Ndu (African Renaissance Party)

Iheanyichukwu Nnaji (Better Nigeria Progressive Party)

Peter Nwangwu (African Democratic Congress)

Chris Nwaokobia (Liberal Democratic Party)

Chris Okotie (Fresh Democratic Party)

Nuhu Ribadu (Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN)

Ibrahim Shekarau (All Nigeria Peoples Party)

Rasheed Shitta-Bey (Mega Progressive Peoples Party)

Akpona Solomon (National Majority Democratic Party)

Pat Utomi (Social Democratic Mega Party)

Mahmud Waziri (People for Democratic Change)

The INEC spokesperson also confirmed that the electoral role would be published on 2nd March and that it contained 67,764,327 registered voters.

For the general election to take place on 2nd April the spokesperson also confirmed that 54 of the 63 registered political parties were contesting the election.

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