BREAKING: INEC says 2023 Elections will hold as scheduled


The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has said the forthcoming elections will hold as planned.

This was according to a statement made by the INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu on Wednesday, February 8, 2023, during a meeting with the Federal Executive Council (FEC) presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.

According to him, the Commission had already sorted out the challenges initially posed by the scarcities.

He explained that the briefing was statutory and that a follow-up meeting with the Council of State would hold on Friday, February 10, adding that the Commission had already found answers to the two prevailing major concerns in the country.

He said, “It is a general briefing, it’s in keeping with the tradition that on the eve of major elections, general election in particular, the Commission is invited to brief Council.

“It is also invited to brief the Council of State. The briefing for the Council of State is going to take place on Friday the 10th. So basically, it’s about the readiness of the Commission to conduct the elections.

“So, we took members of Council through all the preparations that we have put in place for the election and the few challenges that we are facing and the steps that we have taken to address those challenges.

“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 elections.

“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,” Prof. Yakubu declared.

The INEC chairman’s statement comes as Nigerians across the country battle with the scarcity of petrol and new naira notes.

Concerns have been raised about how the situation may affect the conduct of the forthcoming presidential and governorship elections on February 25 and March 11 respectively.

Earlier, the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Godwin Emiefele has said that the apex will not allow itself to be used to frustrate the forthcoming general elections.

Emiefele made this known while playing host to the Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Prof Mahmood Yakubu and 11 National Commissioners in at the CBN’s headquarters in Abuja, on Tuesday, February 7, 2023.

Responding to a request from Yakubu that the CBN should find a way of addressing scarcity of currency across the country 17 days to the Presidential and National Assembly elections since some service providers to the commission were “unbanned,” he said the CBN will make available every cash needed to pay logistics for the success of the elections.

He further said; “The CBN will not allow itself to be used as agents to frustrate the forthcoming election which is a positive assignment.

“If you require cash to pay some of your service providers, we will make it available to you. We will not allow ourselves to be seen as agents that frustrate a genuine assignment”.

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