In today’s edition of Nigeria in Brief; Peter releases 62-page manifesto; INEC cries out over burnt offices; and other stories making headlines today
The Independent National Electoral Commission has raised eyebrows over the destruction of its critical infrastructure across some parts of Nigeria. The electoral body lamented the trend in which unidentified persons now target INEC office to destroy critical election materials. Recall that in the last few months, three INEC offices, namely Izzi Local Government Area office, in Ebonyi State; Ogun state office; and Imo state office have been razed down by unknown hoodlums. The INEC Director for Voter Education, Festus Okoye, noted that although the electoral body will bounce back and recover most of the lost items, the destruction of its critical infrastructure will suffer the progress INEC has made in those areas. He noted that in the Ogun incident, 904 election boxes containing 95,000 unclaimed Permanent Voters Cards were lost, while in Ebonyi, unknown number of Voters Cards were destroyed. He added that these well-calculated attacks targeting INEC offices and critical election materials is a source of concern and should not be allowed to continue.
The Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, and his running mate, Datti Baba-Ahmed, have finally released their campaign manifesto. The campaign manifesto which is titled, “It’s Possible; our pact with Nigerians,” contains 62 pages. In a well-articulated 7 key points agenda, the Labour Party flag bearer promised to revitalize the Nigerian economy by pioneering a shift from a consumption based economy to a production based economy. Obi took to his twitter handle on Sunday morning. He said, “It’s POssible: Our Pact with Nigerians.” This Manifesto, its overarching and visionary policy planks, lay out our mission focus and mandate for securing, uniting and making Nigeria productive.”
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The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has said it will work with the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, to ensure smooth transmission of election results during the 2023 general elections. The INEC boss, Prof. Yakubu Mahmood said this at a one-day strategic interactive meeting with line editors in Lagos. Yakubu said the two bodies have decided to meet to iron out the modalities and work together to ensure a free and fair elections. He added that the meeting would include the chief executive of the four major telecommunications network in the country. He maintained that the focus will be to find a solution for effective transmission of results from every part of the country in real time. He said, “… on Tuesday at 11 (am), we are going to meet with the NCC and the chief executives of the four mobile network companies to further discuss this issue of access and connectivity. We will find a way of dealing with this, working with the mobile network operators. The four of them: MTN, Glo, 9mobile, and Airtel.”