INEC Makes Strong Declaration About 2023 General Election
- The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has promised that 2023 general election will go well
- According to INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, 2023 election will be a true reflection of the vote casts by Nigerians
- He added that INEC was aware of the strategic importance that a peaceful Nigeria meant to the stability of the West African region in terms of seamless electoral process
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Nigerians and the international community has been assured that that the the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will always submit itself to the sanctity of votes cast by voters.
The assurance was given by the chairman of the Independent INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, when the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Mahamat Saleh Annadif, led a delegation to the headquarters of the commission in Abuja, Daily trust reports.
He said INEC, as a responsible agency, was aware of the strategic importance that a peaceful Nigeria meant to the stability of the West African region in terms of seamless electoral process.
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“As you rightly pointed out, there are 15 countries in the sub-region. In order to show the importance of Nigeria in our democracy, as of today, we have 84 million registered voters but Nigeria is one out of 15 countries in the sub-region.
“But, the total number of registered voters in the other 14 countries put together, is 73m, meaning that Nigeria has 11 million voters more than other countries in the sub-region put together.
“Each time Nigeria conducts a general election, is like a general election in the whole of West Africa. So, we appreciate the enormous responsibility the commission is charged with.
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“The election is both national and international. We have very good working relationship with strategic partners and allies in the country.
“We work very closely with the political parties, civil society organisations, media, security agencies in the country but at the same time, we also work closely with our friends in the international community such as UNOWAS.
“So, I want to assure you that we will continue to do what is right on the basis of the law; the ultimate choice is going to be made by Nigerians.
“Nigerians will determine who they want in the 2023 general election and we will continue to uphold the choice made by Nigerians."
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Meanwhile, the Plateau state government has reacted to report that the state governor has abandoned governance while pursuing vice presidential candidate ambition.
According to the state government, the report published by a news medium titled How Governor Lalong Abandoned Plateau For Lagos, Desperately Lobbying, Squandering State Resources To Become Tinubu’s Running Mate – Sources is a fabrication.
The government in a statement said:
"This report which is the perfect case study for fake news, yellow journalism, sponsored hatchet job, and irresponsible reporting totally does not deserve a response, but for the sake of saving right thinking members of society from being misled by this horrible product that is an epic case in abuse of the noble journalism profession."