Professor Mahmood Yakubu, chairman of the commission, stated this on Saturday in Abuja at a symposium titled The Electorate: A Conversation on Elections in Nigeria.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that it will no longer keep critical election materials at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
He stated that the CBN will no longer be in control of electoral materials commencing with the June 18 governorship election in Ekiti State.
Among the sensitive materials housed in the CBN during elections are ballots, result sheets, and a braille ballot guide for the visually handicapped.
The development follows the debate surrounding the political ambitions of the CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele, to run for president under the ruling All Progressives Congress in 2023. (APC).
“We will not use the CBN for the election in Ekiti.” The goods will be transported from our Abuja headquarters to the airport, and subsequently to our state office, said Yakubu.
Yakubu evaded a direct comment when asked if the commission’s decision had anything to do with Emefiele’s overt partisanship, stating that the electoral body was experimenting with improved methods to safeguard the documents.
He stated, “We are experimenting with better methods of securing the procedures, so it is not necessarily tied to what is occurring at the CBN.” Our goal is to continuously improve and assume full responsibility for the process.”
The INEC chairman also stated that the commission had provided the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) with the bank accounts and other financial information of political parties in response to the anti-corruption agency’s requests.
As a result of the enormous fees paid for expressions of interest and nomination papers by candidates for various elected posts, the EFCC had initiated a covert investigation into the finances of the 18 registered political parties in the country and their presidential candidates.