The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday posted a list of political parties and their candidates that will participate in the 2023 governorship election in Ogun State, excluding Labour Party.
The development means Labour Party might not take part in the forthcoming gubernatorial election in the state except if something is done ahead of time, NewsTimes understands.
It was reported that the electoral body only listed 13 names of candidates from different political parties, excluding that of the Labour Party.
The names of the candidates and their respective running mates were posted at the commission’s office in Abeokuta, the state capital.
Explaining the situation, the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in the State, Niyi Ijalaye said the records available to him showed that Labour Party did not submit any name of their governorship and deputy governorship candidates to the commission.
He added that the party did not also submit a list of its House of Assembly candidates.
The National Publicity Secretary of the Labour Party in the state, Abayomi Arabambi, however, argued that the omission was an administrative error.
While saying he was aware of the situation, Arabambi said the party would be in Abuja on Tuesday to correct the error.
However, the INEC REC insisted that the administrative error could not have been from the commission, but the Labour Party, asking the party to go to the INEC headquarters in Abuja to correct the said error.