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INEC Announces New Dates For 2023 General Elections

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INEC Chairman Mahmood Yakubu

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Saturday announced new dates for the 2023 general elections.

The commission had earlier announced February 18, 2023 for the presidential election.

On Saturday, the commission’s chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, told journalists that new dates had been fixed for the elections.

Presidential and National Assembly elections have been slated for February 25, 2023 while governorship and state assembly elections will now be held on March 11, 2023.

The INEC chairman said the new dates followed the signing of the amendments to the Electoral Bill by President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday.

He said the commission was waiting for the president’s decision on the bill before releasing its schedule of activities for the 2023 poll.

The bill was signed into law on Friday by President Muhammadu Buhari.

He had rejected the same bill five times, citing reasons such as drafting errors to proximity to the date of elections, insecurity, cost of executing of its provisions among others.

In his address to journalists at an emergency meeting held at the commission’s headquarters, Mr Mahmood said the new dates are in conformity with the INEC’s aim of ensuring certainty in its electoral calendar.

READ ALSO: INEC Registers Over Five Million New Voters Ahead Of 2023

“Therefore, the Electoral Act 2022, together with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), form the legal basis for conducting all elections in Nigeria. In particular, the Electoral Act provides strict timelines for the implementation of electoral activities based on the date of the General Election. One of the significant timelines is the publication of Notice of Election not later than 360 days before the day appointed for holding an election which has now lapsed for the 2023 General Election.

“Consequently, the Commission has decided to adjust the dates of the 2023 General Election to ensure compliance with the provisions of the new law. Accordingly, the Presidential and National Assembly elections will now hold on Saturday 25th February 2023 while the Governorship and State Houses of Assembly elections will hold two weeks later on Saturday 11th March 2023. With this adjustment, the 2023 General Election is now 363 days away,” he said.

Before the new dates, both the Governorship and State Houses of Assembly elections were slated for March 4, 2023.

With the new law, the INEC at the meeting, announced a new timetable and schedule of activities ahead of the polls.

In his address, Mr Mahmood said the commission will publish the notice of election across its offices in the country on February 28 while political parties have from April 4 to June 3, 2022 to conduct their primaries and ensure resolution of disputes from the exercise.

For the Presidential and National Assembly elections, political parties and candidates are to submit their nomination forms to the INEC via its online portal between “9.00am on Friday 10th June 2022 and 6.00pm on Friday 17th June 2022” while those contesting for Governorship and State Assembly elections should follow the same process between “9.00am on Friday 1st July 2022 and 6.00pm on Friday 15th July 2022.”

“Commencement of Campaign by political parties for Presidential and National Assembly election – Wednesday 28th September 2022.

“Commencement of Campaign by political parties for Governorship and State Assembly elections – Wednesday 12th October 2022.

“Last day of campaign by political parties for Presidential and National Assembly elections – midnight on Thursday 23rd February 2023.

“Last day of campaign by political parties for Governorship and State Assembly elections – midnight on Thursday 9th March 2023,” the INEC chairman said.

Mr Yakubu threatened to take on any of the participating political parties who fail to adhere to the released schedule of activities and timetable.

In his response to the concerns raised by journalists at the event over the dysfunctional state of the BVAS as observed in the previously held elections, Mr Mahmood said the glitches had been worked upon.

He tasked the journalists in attendance to observe the performance of the machines in the ongoing bye-elections across four states on Friday February 26.

READ ALSO: Why We Won’t Release 2023 Election Timetable Now – INEC Chair

Residents of Ondo, Plateau, Imo And Cross-Rivers states are currently voting in bye-elections.

In Ondo State, the bye-election was held in Akure North/Akure South Federal Constituency.

Plateau residents in Pankshin South State Constituency and Jos North/Bass Federal Constituency also decided who would represent them in the House of Representatives.

Elections were also done in Ogoja/Yala Federal Constituency and Akpabuyo State Constituency of Cross River State and Ngor Okpala State Constituency in Imo State.

“Therefore, the Electoral Act 2022, together with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), form the legal basis for conducting all elections in Nigeria. In particular, the Electoral Act provides strict timelines for the implementation of electoral activities based on the date of the General Election. One of the significant timelines is the publication of Notice of Election not later than 360 days before the day appointed for holding an election which has now lapsed for the 2023 General Election.

 

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How We’ll Pick Presidential Candidate To Support – Northern Elders

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The Northern Elders Forum has explained how it will arrive at the choice of the presidential candidate northerners will support in 2023 election.

The elders said that they would subject all the major 2023 presidential candidates to rigorous scrutiny to ascertain their goals before endorsing any of them.

The spokesman of NEF, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, who stated this on Sunday while featuring on Channels Television, disclosed that they have the responsibility of telling the entire northerners who to vote.

He said unlike in 2015, when they told northerners to vote for President Muhammadu Buhari without finding out what he aimed to achieve, the group would scrutinize Peter Obi of the Labour Party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress, and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, flag bearer, Atiku Abubakar until the NEF is convinced about who can fix the country.

READ ALSO: Why I Didn’t Anoint Presidential Candidate For 2023 – Buhari

According to him, the 2023 election would “no longer be about fixing the economy, security and the fight against Boko Haram,” stating that the candidates must be specific on what they aim to achieve if they win the election.

He said, “We will subject all candidates, including Atiku, Tinubu, Obi, through a rigorous process, and they had better be willing because, believe me, we carry the responsibility on our shoulders to advise people in the north where to go.

“I am not saying this to impress anybody. We will exercise that responsibility seriously.

“What we promise not to do this time around was not to repeat what we did in 2015 and say ‘Vote for only Sai Baba’ where we escort him to the villa but failed to sit him down and ask what he planned to do.”

 

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Tambuwal Emerges Chairman Of Governors’ Forum

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Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal has been named as the Chairman, Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF).

The Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ekiti State Dr. John Kayode Fayemi, on Thursday  at the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting, held at the Aso Rock Villa Abuja transferred power of the NGF to the Governor of Sokoto State, Rt Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal.

A statement by the Director, Media and Public Affairs of NGF, Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo read, “Tambuwal has served meritoriously and harmoniously as Vice Chairman of the Forum under Dr Fayemi in the last four years.

“Dr John Kayode Fayemi who was only a few weeks ago elected as the President of the Forum of Regional and State Governments in Saidia in the state of Casablanca in Morrocco attended the NEC virtually from New York City, where he is currently attending the United Nations General Assembly meeting.

“The Sokoto State Governor will be holding fort until May next year when a proper election is conducted among the governors.

READ ALSO: Tambuwal Moves Against Insecurity, Bans Sale Of Animals In Trucks, Use Of Roads, Others In Sokoto

“Before making the announcement, the Ekiti State Governor acknowledged the result driven output of the NEC and thanked his colleagues and other members of the council for their support, explaining that yes, we may be occasionally troublesome, coming from the Forum of Governors, and we do test your patience but you have never really expressed any frustration with all our truculent questions and the insistence that the federation must be a true federation.”

“The new President of the FORAF also did not forget to thank the Secretariat of the NEC and through the NEC thanked the President and Commander in Chief of the Country for taking the resolutions of the NEC seriously by implementing them.

“In his response the Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo said the NGF chairman had taken the wind out of their sail, because he was “meant to, on behalf of the NEC commend the Ekiti Governor and NGF Chairman’s informed and patriotic services to the council in the last four years and that was enhanced by your chairmanship of the NGF, admitting that the NGF has ensured that we move to a true federation, not just in words but in deeds as well.”

“Professor Osinbajo prayed that Dr fayemi’s services both nationally and globally to development, and to all of the good which the nation deserves and the global community deserves will continue.

“Dr Fayemi formally hands over the Chairmanship of the NGF to Rt Hon Amuinu Waziri Tambuwal on October 16th.”

 

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BREAKING: PDP Crisis Deepens As Wike’s Camp Shuns Atiku Campaign, Insists On Ayu’s Removal

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As the crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) festers, the camp of Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has pulled out of the Atiku Presidential Campaign activities after a stormy session in Port Harcourt.

Rising from the meeting in the early hours of Wednesday, they insisted that the PDP National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu must resign his position if Governor Wike’s group must partake in the presidential campaign activities of the party.

READ ALSO: I Won’t Resign, Wike, Others Were Children When We Formed PDP – Ayu

The team vowed not to partake in the campaign activities until the resignation of Ayu.

 

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