- INEC has announced that Ekiti and Osun states will have their governorship elections in the year 2022
- According to the electoral umpire, the election for Osun and Ekiti will hold on July 16 and June 18 respectively
- Recall that the last elections in these states came with many intrigues and dramas that held the country spellbound
In what will gladden the heart of political gladiators in Osun and Ekiti, another election is around the corner. This time, alignment and realignment will commence in earnest. Cash will start flowing and meetings will spring up in likely and unlikely places.
This follows the announcement by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) which revealed dates for the conduct of the governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun states.
Mahmood Yakubu, INEC chairman, said in Abuja on Wednesday, June 16, that the election in Ekiti will hold on June 18, 2022, while that of Osun will hold on July 16, 2022.
Nigeria needs good governance
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Professor Attahiru Jega said Nigeria needs and requires good democratic governance and not merely good governance.
It was reported that the former chairman of the INEC made the declaration on Saturday, June 5, while delivering his speech virtually at a memorial workshop in Lagos state.
Jega explained that Nigeria's progress and development would require people in leadership positions who are not merely selfless but visionary and patriotic.
According to the former INEC boss, the country needs leaders who can protect, defend and advance citizenship rights against discrimination, marginalisation, predation, and exclusion.
2023 elections to cost more
In a related report, the financial requirements for conducting the 2023 general elections would soon be known according to the electoral commission.
The sum of N234.5 billion was approved for the conduct of the 2019 general elections and there are strong indications that the 2023 elections would cost more.
This was disclosed by INEC’s national commissioner and chairman of information and voter education, Festus Okoye.
Senate screens Buhari's aide as INEC commissioner
Also, eight months after President Muhammadu Buhari's nomination, Lauretta Onochie, one of his media aides, was screened for confirmation and appointment as a commissioner of the INEC.
The screening which was directed by the Senate president, Ahmad Lawan, is being carried out by the red chamber's committee on INEC.
According to the report, other nominees for the positions are Professor Muhammad Kallah, Kunle Ajayi, Saidu Ahmad, Professor Sani Adam, and Baba Bila.
The committee, chaired by Senator Kabiru Gaya, is to supervise the exercise in not more than one month and submit its reports to the Senate afterwards.