- INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, says the thought of resigning from his position has not crossed his mind
- Yakubu states that the electoral commission is set for the Saturday February 23 elections and has deployed electoral materials to 19 states
- The INEC chairman assures Nigerians that there will be no more postponement of elections, noting that the February 16 incident will never happen again
Mahmood Yakubu, the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has stated that he is not planning on resigning from his position following postponement of the presidential and National Assembly elections on Saturday, February 16.
“I see no reason why I should resign,” Yakubu stated on Thursday, February 21, when reacting to calls for his resignation, The Nation reports.
The head of the electoral commission noted that the thought of resigning has not in any way crossed his mind. He also said the commission was set for the Saturday, February 23 elections, stating that electoral materials have been fully deployed to 19 states.
He told the media and election observers that before the end of Thursday, February 23, all the states would have received electoral materials except Bayelsa state, which will receive electoral materials on Friday, February 22.
The INEC chairman assured Nigerians that there will be no more postponement of elections, noting that the February 16 incident would never happen again.
Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has disclosed that a total of 72.7 million of Permanent Voters Card (PVCs) were collected across the country ahead of the general elections.
The INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, at a press conference on Thursday, February 21, noted that the 72.7m of PVCs collected represents 86.3% of the over 84m registered voters in the country, The New Telegraph reports.
The electoral commission stated that a total number of 11.2m PVCs remain uncollected, which implies that 11.2m Nigerian who did not collect their cards would not be able to vote in the 2019 general elections.
According to the breakdown of the number of the PCVs collected in each state, Lagos leads with 5.5m PVCs collected, followed by Kano with 4.7m PVCs. The data further showed that Kaduna has 3.6m PVCs collected and that Katsina has 3.2m collected, while Rivers has 2.83 million PVCs collected.
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