BREAKING: Buhari Holds Closed-door Talks with INEC Chairman, Commissioners

BREAKING: Buhari Holds Closed-door Talks with INEC Chairman, Commissioners

- After series of attacks on INEC offices in some parts of Nigeria, the commission's leadership deems it fit to meet with President Buhari

- The all-important meeting was held on Tuesday, June 1, at the First Lady’s conference room of the State House

- The meeting was also attended by not less than five commissioners of the nation's electoral umpire

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Abuja - President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, June 1, convened a meeting with the national chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu at the State House.

The meeting, whose agenda is yet unknown to journalists, was also attended by INEC commissioners.

BREAKING: Buhari Holds Closed-door Talks with INEC Chairman, Commissioners
The meeting is believed to be related to the recent attacks on INEC properties (Photo: Channels TV)
Source: UGC

Channels TV reports that President Buhari's closed-door talk with Yakubu is not unconnected to the recent spate of attacks on INEC offices, especially in the southeastern part of Nigeria.

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Earlier, INEC had given a scary verdict concerning the 2023 general election. It said preparation for the coming general election would be negatively affected by the attacks.

This was disclosed by Festus Okoye, INEC’s spokesperson, during an interview with newsmen. He said as a result of the attack, many sensitive and non-sensitive materials, including generators and card readers, had been lost.

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Okoye stated:

“In relation to some of these attacks and their implications, you know at the local government level, the electoral officers serve more or less as managing-directors of our elections.
“If you attack our local government offices, you are attacking our capacity and capability of conducting elections.
“We are worried that our preparations are being distracted and distorted. We are also worried because some of our officers are now living in fear in relation to what is going on."

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CSO decries attacks on INEC's offices

Also, a civil society organisation, Yiaga Africa, had expressed worry about the recent 'coordinated and premeditated' attacks on the facilities of INEC.

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The organisation, in a statement sent to on Saturday, May 22, noted that the attacks were dangerous signs for Nigeria's fragile democracy, warning it would not just affect INEC's preparation for upcoming elections but also diminish citizens' confidence in the electoral process.


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