Nigerian electoral commission chair denies interest in presidency | Elections News


The race for the 2023 presidency is hotting up forward of the primaries for the ruling and main opposition events.

Nigeria’s nationwide electoral physique has stated its chairman is not going to get entangled in partisan politics or run for the nation’s presidency within the common elections early subsequent 12 months.

In an announcement on Sunday, Rotimi Oyekanmi, spokesman for the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, described the requires the election umpire to hitch the 2023 contest as a “preposterous proposition” which is not going to occur.

“The chairman stays an umpire dedicated to free, truthful, and credible elections,” he stated.

“His constitutional tasks because the chief electoral commissioner of the federation and returning officer for the presidential election are onerous sufficient for him to even ponder straying into extraneous issues at variance with the regulation, morality, and his private ideas.”

Hypothesis on Yakubu’s doable presidential ambitions turned rife after an analogous incident when a bunch of individuals obtained a type for the governor of the nation’s Central Financial institution to run for the presidency.

It additionally emerged on the weekend that one other group had executed the identical for Akin Adesina, a former agriculture minister and present head of the African Improvement Financial institution (AfDB).

Nigeria is ready to carry common elections early in 2023, however political events have already scheduled their pre-election polls for this month, which implies the race for the presidency might quickly be near its remaining type in Africa’s most populous nation.

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