- For Nigeria to make the subsequent elections free and fair, it must learn from recent polls in the US
- Senator Kabiru Gaya gave this admonition, saying measures must be put in place to avoid electoral malpractices
- Gaya also described the crisis that trailed the US election as disturbing for a country that is looked up to as a democratic template
Kabiru Gaya, chairman, Senate committee on Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has urged the federal government to ensure that subsequent elections to be held in the country are free, fair and credible.
Gaya gave this admonition while speaking with journalists on Tuesday, February 2, in Abuja, The Punch reports.
According to the lawmaker, Nigeria needs to learn from how the United States handled its November 3 general election which successfully brought in a fresh government.
Gaya said the federal government must put some measures in place to ensure that winners are not denied their positions in political offices through rigging and various malpractices.
On the crisis and tension that characterised the US election, the senator said it is weird that America was plunged into an electoral mess just like "a third world country."
Gaya, who blasted Trump for inciting violence that led to the attack on The Capitol, said it is unbefitting of a president to have jeopardised the image of his country's democracy. He stated:
“I believe we have to learn a lot from the U.S and we have to put in place some kind of laws to prevent such from happening in Nigeria.
“It was embarrassing that the U.S. went through such crisis like a third world country."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that INEC said the 2023 general election might be hindered due to some of the challenges being faced by the body.
Festus Okoye, the national commissioner and chairman of the commission's Information and Voter Education Committee (IVEC), outlined the problems on Sunday, January 17, in Nasarawa state.
Okoye, who spoke during a five-day workshop organised to review the INEC voter education manual ahead of the Anambra governorship election, said the obstacles will hinder free and fair exercise unless being tackled,