INEC chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu briefing the Federal Executive Council (FEC) in Abuja.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has emphatically assured that the forthcoming general elections will hold according to schedule.
The Chairman of the Commission, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, gave the assurance in Abuja, while speaking with newsmen after he briefed the Federal Executive Council, FEC, on the level of preparation for the elections.
The Chairman said that they had been able to address the challenges that might affect the conduct of the elections, stressing that the fears the current petrol and Naira crises could jeopardize the exercise had also been allayed by the authorities concerned.
The idea is for them to avail us of the use of their over 900 land mega stations, as well as floating mega stations for stalking products to ensure that the Commission doesn’t suffer any encumbrances in the movement of personnel and materials for the elections”.
The second one is the currency issue, and again, we had an engagement yesterday with the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, and he assured us that the Commission would not suffer any encumbrances on that scope. So be rest assured that the elections will hold as scheduled on the 25th of February for the national and on the 11th of March for the state elections”, he explained.
Professor Mahmood added that the elections will hold as scheduled, as a great percentage of Nigerians are pessimistic about the possibility of holding the elections due to the challenges Commission in the country.
Reporting by Abdullah Bello; Editing by Marian Benjamin