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Shekarau Absent As INEC Present Certificate Of Return To Senators-Elect

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Senator-elect for Kano Central, Senator Ibrahim Shekarau was not available to collect his Certificate of Return from the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) on Tuesday in Abuja.

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There are only three females out of the 101 Senators-elect that received the certificates of return on Tuesday.

The three are Rivers Deputy Ipilabo Banigo; former Lagos Deputy Governor Idiat Adebule and wife of former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Ireti Kingibe.

READ ALSO: INEC Presents Certificates Of Return To Senators-Elect

Shekarau, who was declared winner of the Kano Central on the platform of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) resigned his membership of the party. He wrote to inform the party he was no longer interested in the ticket.

Although the party went to court to compel INEC to replace Shekarau with another candidate since he was no longer a member of the NNNP, party officials said the Commission failed to do so, insisting the former Kano Governor can only be replaced in a situation of death or incapacitation.

KOKO TV had earlier reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday issued Certificates of Return to winners of the February 25, 2023 Senatorial elections in Nigeria.

The Chairman of INEC, Mahmood Yakubu made the presentation at the National Collation Centre (the International Conference Centre) in Abuja.

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Yakubu had on Saturday said winners were declared for 423 legislative seats, indicating that supplementary elections would be conducted in 46 other constituencies.

In terms of party representation for the 10th Assembly, the INEC chief said APC won 57 Senate seats; the PDP, 29; LP, 6; SDP, 2; NNPP, 2; YPP, 1; and APGA, 1. For the lower chamber, the electoral chair said the APC has 162 seats; PDP, 102; LP, 34; NNPP, 18; APGA, 4; ADC, 2; SDP, 2; YPP, 1.

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