Doyin Okupe, a former Senior Special Assistant to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan on Public Affairs, has hinted at how Nigerians would decide the country’s next President in 2023.
Okupe said Nigerians would no longer vote for a presidential candidate based on religious affiliation or region.
He pointed out that the next Nigerian President would have to earn his ticket and votes.
“2023 on my mind. The next Nigerian President will have to earn his ticket and his votes. The era of taking money or I am a Northerner, or I am Christian or Muslim, or APC or PDP is gone,
This is coming at a time when some presidential campaign posters had surfaced online.
Some campaign poster of Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State was recently sighted in Damaturu, Yobe State.
But the governor had said only God would decide if he would contest the 2023 presidential election.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has explained why it shied away from creating new Senatorial Districts and constituencies.
INEC in a statement blamed the lack of population census for not reviewing the existing constituencies.
The Commission in a statement by Festus Okoye, Chairman Information and Voters Education Committee disclosed this on Friday.
DAILY POST had reported that the House of Representatives tasked INEC to review the electoral act.
The Commission said it would be hard to review the constituencies without a population census since Nigeria had its last census in 2006.
“The Constitution also provides that the Commission may embark on revision and adjustment after a national census, creation of states or by an Act of the National Assembly [Section 73 (2}].
“None of these conditions actually exists at the moment. The last population census was conducted in 2006, about fifteen years ago.
The Commission feels that revising or altering constituencies based on 15-year-old population data is inappropriate because the well-known rapidity of population changes in Nigeria would make nonsense of any outcome