2023: PWDs can decide who becomes Nigerian President  

The Albino Foundation on Wednesday called on politicians not to neglect Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) as campaign begins because their number can make or mare election victory. The Chief Executive Officer and Founder of the foundation,       Jake Epelle said this at a news conference to call for the inclusion of PWD as campaigns commence by political parties in Abuja. Epelle said that the conference was necessary to alert the nation on the issues bordering on PWDs. According to him, the exclusion of any group or persons in democratic process is…

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2023: Group demands probe into alleged plot to rig polls by manipulating INEC register

A civil society organisation, Cultural Credibility Development Initiative (CCDI), has demanded proper investigation into an alleged manipulation of the Independent National Electoral Committee (INEC)’s voters’ register with a view to rig the 2023 general election in some States. Recall that the Coalition of United Political Parties, (CUUP), through its spokesman, Ikenga Ugochinyere, had last week alleged that some individuals have begun adulterating INEC’s voters register. The coalition also alleged that a court case has been initiated secretly to compel INEC to stop the use of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System…

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INEC explains why it spends so much to conduct elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Friday gave an insight into why much funds went into the conduct of elections. Professor Mahmood Yakubu, the INEC Chairman, gave the insight while responding to questions at an interactive session with the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) tagged ‘The Editors’ Forum’ in Lagos. According to him, cost of logistics, highly-secured ballot papers, allowances for personnel, among other reasons, are responsible for the huge funds used in conducting elections in Nigeria. “In France, the ballot paper is like an A4 sheet of paper,…

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2023: CUPP uncovers plot to stop use of BIVAS by secret legal suit

…Raises alarm over plot to sack INEC Chairman The Coalition of United Political Parties, (CUPP), has uncovered a plot to use a secret suit to stop the use of the Bi-modal Voter Accreditation System (BIVAS) in the 2023 elections. The opposition, which raised alarm over the alleged monumental compromise of the national voters’ register, also exposed a plot to sack the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu. Addressing a world press conference, the Spokesperson of CUPP, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, said the vigilance team of the opposition following credible…

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2023: NNPP drags INEC to court, seeks disqualification of Kaduna APC candidates

The New Nigeria Peoples Party, (NNPP), has dragged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) before Justice Hadiza Shagari, of a Federal High Court, sitting in Kaduna. The party is challenging the list of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidates for Governorship and State Assembly seats for the 2023 General Election published by INEC on July 22. The NNPP alleged that the candidates did not emerge through a legal process or due process as prescribed by the Electoral Act and other extant laws. The party is, therefore, asking the court to…

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‘Buhari won’t withdraw INEC REC nominees accused of corruption, partisanship” – Lai Moh’d

Despite the clamour for their withdrawal, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, on Wednesday, said President Muhammadu Buhari will not withdraw some nominees for the position of INEC Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) recently accused of corruption and partisanship. Recall that President Buhari had on 26th of July 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. The four…

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‘Why INEC may not deliver credible elections in 2023’ – Odinkalu

Nigerian human rights activist, Chidi Odinkalu, has said that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) may not be able to deliver credible elections in Nigeria in 2023. Odinkalu, a former chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission, who spoke during a television programme from Boston, United States, on Monday, said though it was “good and extraordinarily important” that many Nigerians have enrolled to obtain their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) for the 2023 general election, having an INEC that can deliver credible elections is more important. Odinkalu, a lawyer, further said…

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2023 General Elections: INEC Chairman says final list of presidential candidates to be unveiled Sept. 20

…Insists on issued-based campaigns The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, has declared that the final list of Presidential and National Assembly candidates will be released on September 20. Prof. Yakubu made the disclosures yesterday, at a meeting between the electoral umpire and representatives of various security agencies organised by the Centre for Democracy and Development, (CDD). He also declared that the list of governorship and State Assembly candidates will equally be released on October 4, while political parties will be allowed to kick-start campaigns…

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2023 Elections: ‘Campaign inside church or mosque and go to jail’ – INEC to politicians

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has warned political parties and candidates against the use of masquerades, public facilities and religious centres for campaigns. The Commission asked political parties to align strictly with the provisions of the Electoral Act to avoid sanctions as stipulated by the Act.  Recall that INEC had fixed September 28 for the commencement of campaigns for the presidential and National Assembly, while the elections would hold on February 25, 2023. Relying on Section 92 of the Electoral Act, 2022, INEC National Commissioner and Chairman of its…

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Lawyers threaten to sue Buhari, INEC over APC’s REC nominees

A former vice-president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and the Ikeja branch of the body, Dr. Monday Ubani, has threatened to drag President Buhari and the Senate to court if they do not withdraw and reject the nominations of the Resident Electoral Commissioners (REC) nominees deemed to be APC members.  Reacting to the statements by some groups, Ubani said the 2023 elections are very key to Nigerians in terms of leadership recruitment, particularly as it affects electing the next president.  He called on Nigerians to mount pressure on the…

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