Breaking: INEC reveals whether 2023 general election will hold or not
- Nigerians have been reassured that the 2023 general election will take place despite the ongoing fuel and cash challenges
- According to the chairman of the electoral umpire, the commission has sorted out the challenges initially posed by the scarcities
- Going further, the INEC boss highlighted steps the commission took to ensure that the current situations have no effect on the election
Few days the 2023 general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has reassured that the exercise will go on as planned.
The electoral umpire disclosed this as citizens of Nigeria continue to groan as a result of the fuel and cash scarcities, The Nation Newspaper reports.
Chairman of INEC, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, who gave the reassurance after briefing the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday, January 8.
According to him, the Commission has sorted out the challenges initially posed by the scarcities, adding that the commission had already found answers to the two major concerns, Channels Television added.
“I can tell you two of these challenges quickly. The first one is availability of petroleum products. We had a meeting with the National Union of Road Transport Workers and they raised that as an issue of concern. Immediately after that meeting, we interfaced with the leadership of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited and right now, there is a technical committee, working.
“The idea is for them to avail us the use of their over 900 land mega stations as well as floating mega stations nationwide, for the purpose of stocking products to ensure that the Commission doesn’t suffer any encumbrances in movement of personnel and materials for the election.
“The second one is the currency issue and again, we had an engagement yesterday with the Governor of the Central Bank and he assured us that the Commission will not suffer any encumbrances on that score.
“Fortunately for us, all our accounts, national and state, are held by the apex bank. So we raised those challenges, but we have found a solution to those challenges. So be rest assured that the election will hold as scheduled; on the 25th of February for national and on the 11th of March for the state election.”
Preparation: INEC chairman briefs FEC on 2023 polls
Recall that Legit.ng reported that Professor Yakubu, briefed the Federal Executive Council (FEC), presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Also expected to brief Council is the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba, but he was not yet in Council when the meeting commenced by 9:58am.
Before Yakubu briefed Council members, a minute silence was observed in honour of Air Commodore Dan Suleiman (retd), a former Minister of Special Duties, under General Yakubu Gowon.