Ahead of Adamawa governorship bye-election scheduled for October 11, seven political parties and their candidates have been cleared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
According to the information on the commission’s daily bulletin, the candidates already cleared are: Sen. Mohammed Umar Jibrilla of All Progressives Congress (APC) with Martins Babale as his running mate; Aminu Hamman-Joda Furo of All Progressives Grand Alliance with Honourable Elisha Jalo as running mate; Kowa Party’s Aminu Dahiru Abubakar Waziri and with Raymon Mamuno as running mate.
Also cleared are: Mohammed Adamu Malgwi of National Congress of Progressives with Serah Daniel as his running mate; RT. Hon Ahmadu Umaru of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with Jingi Afraimu Kandamwe as running mate; Amos Yusuf Sunday of PPN, with Semen Ibrahim Gangpete as running mate; and Abdulnasir Umar Hamman of MPPP with Ta’aziya Day Ishaya as running mate.
In line with its policy of ensuring transparency, INEC has also accredited thirty-one observers for the election. Twenty- four (24) domestic organisations and seven (7) international.
The names of the organisations as contained in a document signed by the Commission’s Director for Election and Party Monitoring, Bala Shittu are:
Youth Initiative for Advocacy and Advancement, Police Service Commission, Election Monitor, Coalition of Democrats for Electoral Reforms, Centre for Credible Leadership and Citizens Awareness, Centre for Policy Advocacy And Leadership Development.
Also accredited are: Centre For Civic Education (AKA) Transition Monitoring Group (TMG), Justice & Equity Organisation, National Association for Peaceful Elections, Research Initiative For Sustainable Development and Gender Awareness, Women Arise for Change Initiative, Alliance for Credible Election, Nigerian Civil Society Situation Room (PLAC), Nigerian Bar Association, Human Right’s Monitor, Independent Election Monitoring Group, African Centre for Leadership, Strategy and Development, Centre for Women and Adolescent Empowerment, Reclaim Naija, National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, National Institute for Legislative Studies, Centre for Democracy and Development, New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) Nigeria, and Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution.
In the same vein, some international organisations have been accredited for the elections.
They are: European Union Delegation to Nigeria, United States Mission to Nigeria, British High Commission, International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), UNDP/DGP, UN Women and Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Abuja.