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General News of Tuesday, 10 January 2023


2023: FG disputes INEC predictions

Minister of information and Culture, Lai Mohammed Minister of information and Culture, Lai Mohammed

The Federal Government has insisted that no threat from any quarter can stop the conduct of the 2023 general election, which is just over a month away.

The Minister of Information Alhaji Lai Mohammed made the government position clear while responding to claim by the Independent National Electoral Commission thst the elections might not be held in some states due to security threats by non-state actors.

But addressing a news conference in Abuja on Tuesday, the Information minister made clear that no amount of threat could stop the election as planned.

The minister said: “Let me use this opportunity to respond to inquiries from the media over a widely-circulated report, credited to an INEC official, that
the 2023 general elections face a serious threat of cancellation due to insecurity.

“The position of the Federal Government remains that the 2023 elections will be held as planned. Nothing has happened to change that position.

“We are aware that INEC is working with the security agencies to ensure that the elections are successfully held across the country.

“The security agencies have also continued to assure Nigerians that they are working tirelessly to ensure that the elections are held in apeaceful atmosphere. Therefore, there is no cause for alarm,” Mohammed stated.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had earlier warned that this year’s general election faces serious threat of cancellation if insecurity is not properly tackled.

However, the National Security Adviser (NSA), Gen. Mohammed Babagana Monguno (retd), and the Chairman, INEC have jointly assured the nation that conducive environment will be provided for successful conduct of the 2023 general election.