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2023 Election: FG pledges to support INEC

The Federal Government says it will give necessary support to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC in the use of technology during the 2023 general election.

The Special Adviser to President Muhammad Buhari on Media and Publicity Mr Femi Adesina stated this today in Abuja during a policy dialogue on Media, Civil Society and Violence Free Election in Nigeria in Commemoration of the 2023 International day to end Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists.

He said that President Buhari had stressed that next year’s election would be free, fair and credible.

On the alleged rumours that the federal government would remove the INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmoud Yakubu for insisting on the use of technology in next year’s election ,Mr Adesina noted that Mr President had extolled the role of technology in assisting him to win election in 2015.

He urged the Media not to give publicity to individuals who were bent on destabilizing elections next year.

The INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmoud Yakubu said that all stakeholders must be carried along to ensure that the general election was a success.

Professor Yakubu appealed to the media to avoid acts capable of causing disunity in the country.

The Kano State governor, Alhaji Abdullahi Ganduje urged the Media to ensure they do their work in accordance to the ethics of their profession.

Represented by the Kano State Commissioner for Justice, Alhaji Lawan Abdullahi stressed that the media should always fact check their information before publishing especially on social media.

Opening the workshop, the Attorney general of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Alhaji Abubakar Malami warned politicians to avoid utterances capable of causing disunity in country.

Alhaji Malami wants political parties involved in electioneering to do so within the arm bit of law.

On the part of the media, Alhaji Malami said the federal government had put measures in place to protect journalists while warning them to do their job in accordance to the ethics of their profession.

The technical lead, Managing Conflict in Nigeria, an NGO, Dr Ukoha Ukiwo said the workshop would draw the attention of challenges the media is facing in election coverage.

Dr Ukiwo also said that the workshop would address the roles the Media and Civil Society Organization would play in preventing electoral violence before, during and after the 2023 general election.

Reporting by Ogochukwu Okoronkwo, Editing by Omotola Oguneye