Falana who cited sections 84 (9) (10) and (11) of the Electoral Act 2022, said that the president of a country and the chairman of a political party cannot impose a consensus candidate on the party or its members.
“As far as the Electoral Act is concerned, there can be no consensus candidate without the consent of all aspirants.”
The senior lawyer added that the same section of the Act explicitly stipulates how a political party may adopt its consensus candidate.
According to Section 84 (9) of the Electoral Act,
“A political party that adopts a consensus candidate shall secure the written consent of all cleared aspirants for the position, indicating their voluntary withdrawal from the race and their endorsement of the consensus candidate.”