Clamours all around as the General Elections are just around the corner, and anxiety about the outcome of the election is currently gripping the whole country. The ruling party and the opposition parties have all started their various campaigns, selling their manifestoes in a bid to woo the voters. Unlike previous elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) seems better prepared to conduct a free and fair election.
FEBRUARY 16, 2019: PRESIDENTIAL/NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS.
As already publicized by the Independent National Electoral Commission, 59 candidates have been confirmed to be qualified to contest the presidential post. The incumbent President, President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressive Congress, seeks re-election and faces stiff competition from a lot of candidates, chief of which is the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP)
With the public eyes on these two, there are other notable candidates which are currently under the radar. They include; Madam Obiageli Ezekwezili of The Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, she was one time minister of education and the convener of the popular ‘Bring Back Our Girls Campaign’; Kingsley Moghalu of the Young Progressive Party, he served as Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria from 2009 to 2014; Donald Duke of the Social Democratic Party, He was the Governor of Cross River State, Nigeria from 29 May 1999 to 29 May 2007, and he is currently under fire as the court annulled the result of his party’s primary election, Omoyele Sowore of the African Action Congress, he is the owner of Sahara Reporters, Fela Durotoye of the Alliance of New Nigeria amongst others.
Note that in Nigeria, the president is elected using a simple majority of the highest vote cast as well as over 25% of votes in at least two third of states.
On the same day, Nigerians also make a decision on those that will represent their interests in the National Assembly. That is, the Senate and the House of Representatives. Senate President, Bukola Saraki seeks a third stint at the Senate as many others seek re-election. Some of these senators include, Senator Oluremi Tinubu from Lagos Central, Senator Godswill Akpabio, Senator Dino Melaye amongst others. In the house of representatives about 50% will not be seeking re-election including Honorable Rasak Atunwa who is contesting the Kwara state governorship seat, Honorable Tony Nwulu also contesting the governorship seat in Imo state, amongst others.
MARCH 2ND, 2019 : GOVERNORSHIP/STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS
Elections will come up in all states except Anambra, Edo, Ondo, Osun, Kogi and Ekiti states because the tenures of the incumbent governors in the states are yet to be completed. But there will be elections into the state house of assembly in all states.
THE INDEPENDENT NATIONAL ELECTORAL COMMISSION(INEC)
Professor Mahmood Yakub is the current chairman and will oversee the proceeds of the elections at large.
As the elections approach,we keep our fingers crossed and follow keenly. Remember to vote wisely.