Prof. Yakubu: 334 pre-election cases are pending with INEC
334 pre-election court petitions are currently pending, according to Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Though the instances included just disputes within the parties, he emphasized that the commission had been involved in each and every one of them.
During Dr. Hale Gabriel Longpet’s swearing-in as a new Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) from Plateau State, who was later transferred to Kogi State, Yakubu addressed yesterday in Abuja.
Additionally, he stated that INEC would today, in accordance with the law, publish the information regarding candidates put forth by political parties for the gubernatorial and state assembly elections in all of the country’s constituencies.
“I call to all Nigerians to seize the opportunity to scrutinize the specifics of the candidates and to seek legal remedies for any observed infringement of the law as contained in Section 29 of the Electoral Act 2022,” he continued.
“The commission has already been deluged with a plethora of pre-election cases resulting from the administration of congresses and primaries by political parties for the 2023 general elections.
“Aspirants have so far brought 334 pre-election challenges in different divisions of the Federal High Court around the nation, contesting the nomination of candidates or their exclusion from the lists provided to the commission.
“We anticipate an even greater increase in the number of instances following the publication of candidates’ personal information for the positions of governor, deputy governor, and state assembly.
“Unfortunately, Nigeria’s electoral process continues to be hampered by the problem of internal democracy in political parties. While remaining steadfast in its opposition to any infringement by vigorously following the terms of the law and current regulations and guidelines, the commission will continue to interact with political parties.