- Agitation for a credible, free and fair election is on the rise across the federation as Nigeria gradually heads into the 2023 general elections
- For the purpose of credibility and discipline, experts have called on INEC to set-up an electoral tribunal to prosecute electoral offenders
- Similarly, there are also calls for the dismissal of CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele who was speculated to have declared his ambition to run for presidency
The senior advocate made this known while speaking as a guest speaker at a conference centered on electoral sensitization.
Recall that the CBN governor has been a victim of numerous backlash after it was reported that he was interested in succeeding President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
While speaking at the conference, Falana warned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) against keeping sensitive election materials at the CBN with Emefiele as the sitting governor.
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“INEC is trying; it has deployed technology to get rid of rigging, but we can no longer keep sensitive election materials in the vault of the CBN.
“This is because the governor of the CBN is a card-carrying member of the All Progressives Congress.
“It has never happened anywhere in the world; this is very dangerous. The CBN governor’s power is enormous under the CBN Act, so he can’t be a politician."
2023: It is risk to have Emefiele in office - Falana
Falana stressed that sensitive election materials cannot be moved elsewhere which means it will be consequential for those materials to be under the custody of one who has an interest in the presidential seat of the nation.
The senior advocate further added that President Buhari has no other option than to fire Emefiele and ensure his immediate replacement as governor of the CBN.
Falana noted that legal suits have been filed against the under-fire CBN boss.
“Some Civil Society Organisations have filed a motion against him and we will pursue it to a logical conclusion,”
2023: Falana calls for establishment of tribunal to prosecute electoral offenders
Falana in his view urged that there should be an establishment of electoral offenses tribunals across the federation to try and prosecute electoral offenders during polls.
He made reference to the 2011 general election where over 2,000 electoral offenders were arrested and neither of them were prosecuted.
“People commit electoral crimes because they are aided by politicians.
“Statistics showed that 750 electoral offenders were arrested in 2011; 900 of such offenders were arrested in 2015, and in 2019, a total of 1,120 were arrested.
“Majority of them were not prosecuted; the police even filed motions to terminate some of the cases and discontinued prosecution.”
Nigerians must demand credible election, says Falana
Renowned legal luminary, Femi Falana said registration of PVCs will be useless if Nigerians don't come out to vote.
Falana urged Nigerians to be proactive and prepared for the forthcoming general elections in 2023.
Similarly, professor of economics, Pat Utomi said the time is right to sieve politicians who have caused damage to the growth of the country.