- President Muhammadu Buhari will not withdraw some of the nominees for the position of INEC Resident Electoral Commissioners
- The Buhari nominees were accused of corruption and partisanship by some opposition political parties and CSOs
- Some of the nominees are Muhammad Bashir, Sylvia Agu, Pauline Onyeka and Queen-Elizabeth Agwu
The minister of information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has revealed thatPresident Muhammadu Buhari will not withdraw some nominees for the position of INEC Resident Electoral Commissioners recently accused of corruption and partisanship.
Recall that Buhari had on July 26, sent 19 names to the Senate for confirmation as RECs.
Four of the nominees appointed by the president were fingered by some Nigerians and a coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) as partisan or have a known history of corruption, Premium Times reports.
The four nominees are Muhammad Bashir (Sokoto), Sylvia Agu (Enugu), Pauline Onyeka (Imo) and Queen-Elizabeth Agwu (Ebonyi).
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According to Mohammed, the clamour for the withdrawal of the nominees is not a concern for Buhari.
He challenged the civil groups and other Nigerians to take the case to the Senate rather than subjecting the current administration to a media trial
CSOs uncover nomination of guber aspirant, APC’s deputy chair’s sister for INEC position
In another development, President Muhammadu Buhari has been critiqued for the list of nominated INEC Resident Electoral Commissioners he presented to the Senate for approval
Civil Society Organisations conducted an investigation and found out some of the nominees were not eligible
It was gathered that some of the aspirants have political affiliations while others had cases of corruption and incompetency.
2023: INEC reveals what Nigerians must do to ensure proper collation of result
INEC has urged electorates to cooperate with the commission in order to ensure proper collation of results at the forthcoming general elections.
Barrister Festus Okoye, the national commissioner of INEC made this known in Abuja on Friday, August 26 during Yiaga Africa's post-election review of the Ekiti and Osun gubernatorial polls.
Okoye said the commission will not lower the bar of the electoral process in Nigeria after recording a seamless election in Ekiti and Osun states respectively. He stated that the commission will continue to take a cue from both elections in order to improve upon the forthcoming 2023 general election.