Ensure fairness, justice during 2023 elections, Senate charges INEC
…Adjourns till June 7 for primaries
By Peter Usman://
Ahead of the 2023 general elections, the Senate President, Dr Ahmad Lawan on Wednesday charged the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC on fairness, justice and equity as earlier promised.
This is even as the Senate adjourned sitting till June 7, 2022 to enable lawmakers participate fully in the Presidential, National Assembly, Governorship, and State Houses of Assembly primaries of their political parties.
Lawan informed shortly before the adjournment that there are three presidential aspirants among the senators contesting on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, while some others either want to contest for governorships or return as lawmakers on the platforms of various parties.
He urged aspirants across board to accept outcome of results, especially if the process was in line with the guidelines and the Electoral Act.
“INEC has promised fairness and we are praying for INEC to achieve that fairness, equity and justice believing that the 2023 general elections, the integrity of the exercise would not be questioned.
“Those who tried to contest when they win, we pray that they will be good winners, and for those that may not win, they should accept defeat because we believe that the process will be fair and square.
“The Senate will adjourn till June 7th to enable those contesting to submit their completed nomination forms. Of course, there are some of our colleagues here who are running for governorship in their various states and I know the exercise is starting immediately.
“It is very important that they participate in the process of what affects them directly and that is the State House of Assembly, governorship and presidential.
“Consequently, we have to adjourn to enable us participate fully in the activities because we are supposed to be active participants. So I wish all of us the best of luck.
“We are three Senators contesting Presidential election and I pray one of.us will emerge as candidate in the ruling party. We have the deputy Senate President contesting governorship in Delta State and many others contesting governorship in their various States.
“I wish all of them the best of luck and pray they will fly their party’s flag and for the rest who are coming back to the Senate by the grace of God, we wish everybody the best of luck.
“When we come back, we pray that when we meet each other, we shall all be smiling together. I am not aware if there is any body not contesting for anything here. It means a full engagement for all of us in the 9th Senate,” Lawan stressed.