As the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) commences the collation of Nigeria’s presidential election results, it is important for all citizens to exercise restraint and respect the rule of law. Elections are a fundamental aspect of democratic governance, and the process must be transparent, credible, and free from any form of violence or intimidation.
In a report from Vanguard, the incident of MC Oluomo, the head of the Lagos state branch of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, threatening people from the Igbo ethnic group during the presidential election that started yesterday (25th February 2023), is a worrying development that goes against the spirit of national unity and peaceful coexistence.
It is reassuring that the police have responded swiftly to the incident, and we hope that they will conduct a thorough investigation and bring the perpetrators to justice. The police have a crucial duty to safeguard all citizens’ safety, regardless of their religious or ethnic backgrounds, and ensure that everyone feels secure and protected.
As the country prepares for the results of the 2023 Nigeria presidential election, we should also note the significant number of registered voters and uncollected Permanent Voter’s Cards. A total number of 93,468,008 registered voters, 87,209,007 people collected their Permanent Voter’s Cards, and 6,259,229 PVCs remain uncollected.
With over 176,000 polling units in the country, efforts must be made to ensure that all valid votes are awarded to the appropriate candidate.