2023 Elections Will Hold As Planned, FG Insists Amidst Scaring Reports

 


The Federal Government of Nigeria through the ministry of Information and Culture has insisted that the 2023 general elections will hold contrary to reports.  


Naija News recalls that the Independent National Electoral Commission had said the elections might be canceled or postponed if the insecurity across the country does not improve. 


The chairman of the electoral body, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, through the Chairman of the Board of Electoral Institute, Abdullahi Zuru, said on Monday, “If the insecurity is not monitored and dealt with decisively, it could ultimately culminate in the cancellation and/or postponement of elections in sufficient constituencies to hinder the declaration of election results and precipitate a constitutional crisis.”


In line with that, according to research by SBM Intelligence, there are early indications that the upcoming general elections will be violent.


A report by SBM Intelligence claimed that in 2022, 57 instances of election violence were reported countrywide between January and December 2022.


Additionally, three people were kidnapped, bringing the total number of fatalities to at least 27.


The report emphasized that because of the unrest in some areas of the nation, there might be a run-off in the federal elections.


It also warned that the predicament might affect both the validity of the election and legal battles after the election.


In reaction to the fears that have been raised concerning the election, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, assured stakeholders that the elections will hold as planned while speaking in Abuja at the 17th edition of the present regime’s scorecard series.


He 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 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 a peaceful atmosphere. Therefore, there is no cause for alarm.”

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