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General News of Monday, 25 July 2022

Source: www.mynigeria.com

How pressures from APC may threaten 2023 elections

Inec Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu Inec Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu

There is palpable tension in the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, over the continued push by the All Progressives Congress, APC, leadership to ensure participation of Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, and Godswill Akpabio, in the 2023 senatorial elections of Yobe North and Akwa Ibom North West senatorial districts, respectively.

Contrary to what the leadership of INEC had told Nigerians that the commission is legally bound to stand by the monitoring reports received from “our state offices”, verified pieces of information available to Vanguard suggest that INEC may have ignored these reports in some states of the federation, including Kano, Sokoto, Abia, Ogun, Oyo and Akwa lbom.

This has not gone down well with some Resident Electoral Commissioners, RECs.

In fact, the morale of INEC staff at some of the state offices has been dampened because some of the reports of the monitoring committees are either being tampered with or ignored.

As a result of this, INEC has instigated and encouraged many litigations in various federal high courts across the country.

At the last count, the commission acknowledged that there are over 300 cases filed in court that it is joined as a party. That is not all.

The Election and Political Parties’ Monitoring, EPM, and Legal Department of the Commission, under the direction and control of INEC leadership, have become theatres of intrigues, as politicians are preying on both departments to perfect their underhand ploys.

As it is for APC, so it is for PDP.

FI

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