- Some prominent Nigerians will gather in Abuja to discuss how to achieve a violent-free 2023 elections
- The interaction is geared towards contributing meaningfully to the process leading to a free, fair, credible elections in 2023
- Experts say there are contemporary security challenges Nigerian government and her people need to make concerted efforts to curb before the polls
FCT, Abuja – Ahead of the 2023 general elections, Kano governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, Bauchi governor Bala Mohammed, Benue governor Samuel Ortom, Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, will gather on Tuesday, November 22 to discuss how to achieve a violent-free polls next year.
Commandant-General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) Dr. Ahmed Audi and the Commissioner for Information and Voter Education for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Barr, Festus Okoye, will also be part of the discussants.
Others expected at the annual roundtable organised by the PlatinumPost News include presidential candidate of the Action Alliance, Hamza Mustapha, chairman of the Inter-Party Advisory Council, Yabagi Yusuf Sani, the Nigerian Union of Journalist and other stakeholders.
In a statement signed on Wednesday, November 16 and sent to TopLatestNews, the Chief Executive Officer of PlatinumPost News, Edwin Olofu, said the annual roundtable is designed to contribute meaningfully to the process leading to a free, fair, credible and violent-free elections in 2023.
The statement said Governor Ganduje will chair the occasion, Governor Mohammed and Governor Ortom are the Guest Speakers, while Al-Mustapha is expected to deliver a keynote address on the theme: “Contemporary Security Challenges & its Effects on 2023 Elections.”
The organiser said the INEC, Police IG, NSCDC boss, IPAC, CSO, International Republican Institute (IRI) and the NUJ will discuss the papers and use the occasion to speak on their preparations for the 2023 elections.
According to Olofu, there are contemporary security challenges Nigerian government and her people need to make concerted efforts to curb so as to ensure a peaceful exercise before, during and after the forthcoming general elections.
“We have invited key stakeholders in the election process to come and share with Nigerians their efforts and preparations towards the 2023 elections.
“We have also invited some chief executives to share their experiences in their various states and put forward suggestions on how to end some of the contemporary security challenges the Nation is facing.”
2023: Demand for bullet-proof vehicles surge ahead of general elections
In a related development, as preparations for the 2023 general elections gain momentum, the demands for bullet-proof Sports Utility Vehicles have increased significantly across the country.
Very Important Personalities, top chieftains and candidates of political parties have been procuring customised vehicles that offer special protection in the run-up to the campaigns and elections.
Apart from ordering armoured vehicles, it was also learnt that politicians were applying for special police protection and procuring other security wares.
2023 elections: FCI to partner with other agencies to combat fake news
Meanwhile, FactCheck Initiative (FCI) has created a team for a cause that will involve partnering with the government and other agencies in other to have free, fair, and peaceful elections in Nigeria void of any form of violence in 2023.
The main aim of this cause will be to spot, examine and respond to the impact caused by any misleading information ahead of the upcoming 2023 general elections in Nigeria.
Adeoye Temitope, country director, FactCheck Initiative says stopping fake news and misinformation is the inspiration behind the project.