2023: We Have No Preferred Candidate Or Party – INEC

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has assured that it would be neutral in the 2023 general elections, as it has no preferred candidate or political party.

The commission’s Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, said this yesterday in Abuja at the 4th Abubakar Momoh memorial lecture on ‘Electoral Act 2022: Imperatives for political parties and the 2023 general elections’.

The lecture was organised in honour of a former Director-General of The Electoral Institute (TEI), late Prof. Abubakar Momoh who died on Democracy Day, May 29, 2017.

Yakubu assured Nigerians that only their votes would determine the outcome of the 2023 general elections and future polls in the country.

Yakubu, represented by the Chairman, Board of TEI, Prof. Abdullahi Abdu Zuru, also stressed the need for stakeholders, especially political parties to note the major features introduced by the new Electoral Act 2022 and the possible implications of these changes on the upcoming elections.

He said the innovations were to deepen the country’s electoral process.

‘Security concerns more pressing than polls’

Meanwhile, a chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC), Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim has urged the federal government to take the country’s rising insecurity more seriously than the 2023 elections.

Olawepo-Hashim, in a statement from his media office in Abuja yesterday, said Nigerians must be alive and safe first to be able to vote.

“In the past two years, we have spoken on the nation’s security challenges and offered concrete suggestions on how to confront them, but all suggestions have been ignored.

“It is time for the nation to construct a new defence and security architecture to permanently destroy the seed of terror and uproot banditry/kidnapping across the country,” he said.