INEC,NPF Other Stakeholders On The Path To Reposition Nigeria -Group

Godspeed Leadership and Mentorship Development Initiative (GLMDI) has said that the Independent National Electoral Commissions (INEC), Nigeria Police Force (NPF), Civil society organization CSOs and other critical stakeholders are on the path to reposition Nigeria for future generations.

In a statement signed by its National Coordinator, Habila Kayit, explained that jubilation among Nigerians on the just concluded election in the State of Osun has further rekindled the hope of citizens with an assurance that a better Nigeria is possible.

According to him,”The electoral amendment bill has reawakened consciousness among citizens and propels them to believe that their votes will count in the 2023 elections and beyond.

“Previous elections have been greeted with violence, accusations and counter accusations on the conduct of electoral umpires and other stakeholders as citizens always recount their ugly experiences from the hands of some security personnel and agents of political parties after each election.

“In addition, International and Local observers also shared their experiences and conclude that most elections in Nigeria do not meet global best practice.

“INEC has always assured Nigerians that with good legislations; the system can be strengthened thereby portraying the wishes of citizens in the choice of leader,”he said

Speaking further,he said “The Osun State gubernatorial election further demonstrates the preparedness of INEC, the Nigerian Police Force (NPF), Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) among other stakeholders that a new Nigeria where justice, peace and equity reign is possible.

“Citizens were not harassed and it was violent free. Those trying to contravene the guidelines by manipulating electorates through vote buying were apprehended by the security personnel.

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“This is a good development for Nigerians. However, there is no perfect system anywhere in the world, INEC, NPF, NSCDC among other electoral stakeholders have built a trajectory that need to be sustained. Again, Nigerians will remember President Mohammadu Buhari for transforming the electoral system through signing the electoral bill that is shaping elections in our country.

“Nigeria is on a path of restoring its lost glory. The bane of the challenges bedeviling the nation is partly on leadership failure and lack of independence of our institutions that supposedly are to tame excesses of politicians and those in authority. Nigerians are not asking for too much.

“We need a system that is working where security of lives and properties is guaranteed, infrastructural and superstructure facilities are in place to support public and private businesses, employment opportunities for the teaming youths, robust educational system that will support creativity and productivity, better health care facilities and much more.

The electoral amendment bill has boost citizens confidence on elections in Nigeria as they can now decide whom they want as leader. Going forward, contesting an election will poised danger for those who are not ready to govern the nation in truth and honesty as it is no longer business as usual. Nigerians are committed to a better country.

We therefore call on citizens to belief in the electoral system and support electoral stakeholders in ensuring peaceful elections in Nigeria. No politician should entice or coerce citizens into doing their biddings.

We advise electorates to engage politicians on their manifesto for the benefit of our society. We urge Nigerians to ensure that they have their voter’s cards ready and turn out in their numbers to exercise their civic responsibilities and reject any form of manipulations that will thwart the milestone reached.

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