The Katsina State branch of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has announced that 13 political parties have fielded candidates for the upcoming 2023 governorship election in the state

INEC’s Head of Department, Elections and Political Party Monitoring, EPM, Abdullahi Ibrahim, who made the disclosure to newsmen in Katsina, said 13 names of the gubernatorial candidates and their deputies, were pasted at the Katsina State INEC headquarters.

He said: “We did the pasting to allow people who have issues to challenge any candidate and members of the public are advised to check the particulars of candidates in the state and local government INEC offices.

“The political parties include Accord Party, African Action Congress, African Democratic Congress, ADC, African Democratic Party, ADP, and All Progressive Congress, APC.

“Others include: Allied Peoples Movement, APM, Boot Party, BP, Labour Party, LP, New Nigeria People’s Party, NNPP, and People’s Democratic Party, PDP”.

“Also, People’s Redemption Party (PRP), Social Democratic Party (SDP) and Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) are included.

The INEC boss further announced that six Political parties namely:  APGA, Action Alliance (AA), National Rescue Party (NRM), Young Progressive Party (YPP) and All Peoples Party (APP) are not contesting for governorship seat thus leaving only 13 political parties that are vying.

In a related development, the Katsina State Independent Electoral Commission, INEC, has also announced that two candidates have withdrawn from the 2023 contest after winning their party primaries, adding that by law, there is nothing such as ‘placeholder’ except withdrawal.

The State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Alhaji Jibrin Zarewa, who disclosed this  while chatting with newsmen in Katsina said the law gives candidates the privilege of withdrawing from contesting and that that the withdrawal must be through written letter by the party to the commission, adding that in the case of Katsina State, PDP candidates withdrew their from the contest.