Screen Returning Officers Before Deployment for Supplementary Election- APC Tells INEC. Malam Salihu Lukman, who holds a key position in the All Progressives Congress party for the northwestern region of Nigeria, has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to make sure they select reliable people to oversee the upcoming governorship and state assembly elections that will be held again. Lukman is worried about INEC’s past mistakes and is asking them to correct them.
He has also recommended that INEC should not use academics as returning officers, as he does not think that just being an academic makes someone good enough to manage public service. Lukman has asked INEC to avoid using people who were involved in previous elections because some of them may have been influenced by politicians. Screen Returning Officers Before Deployment for Supplementary Election- APC Tells INEC.
Lukman has requested that INEC investigate the ethical conduct of their staff members, including the returning officers. He suggested that INEC should conduct an internal review of how the 2023 elections were managed and address issues of ethical conduct of their staff, including the returning officers. Lukman is a critic of the choice of using academic staff as returning officers, and he believes that there are many cases of returning officers being compromised by politicians.
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Lukman wants to make sure that the upcoming elections are free and fair, and that is why he is urging INEC to avoid fielding compromised returning officers. He believes that INEC owes many disappointed Nigerians a duty to get it right by fixing its lapses in terms of manpower audit. Lukman thinks that INEC needs to address noticeable lapses in the last polls, especially in Kebbi and Kano states. Screen Returning Officers Before Deployment for Supplementary Election- APC Tells INEC.
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Lukman condemned the call for the removal of the INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu. He thinks that the call for his resignation is very unfair, and he does not understand why people are asking for his removal. Lukman believes that the 2023 elections were almost as balanced as possible, and everyone had a fair chance. Buhari lost in Katsina, Asiwaju lost in Lagos, and their national chairman lost in Nasarawa. Lukman thinks that people should allow INEC to do their job and avoid making baseless allegations.