The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has scored the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) high in the conduct of the recently held presidential and National Assembly elections.
Yakubu Maikyau, president of the NBA, gave his review of the first leg of the 2023 elections on Saturday, March 4.
Speaking on Channels TV, Maikyau gave the electoral body a 78 to 80% score, which according to him, is an A for every exam. He stated“I will say that the elections went well. Those who came out were happy to express their franchise. “There were challenges, definitely. There were some infractions, some of them actually constituted electoral offences, but on the whole, I will score INEC as having performed maybe about 78, 80% in the delivery of these elections.”
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The NBA president advised the INEC to take measures to fix the lapses experienced during the presidential and NASS elections so they don’t reoccur in the coming governorship election scheduled for March 11.
Nigerians react to NBA’s review of the presidential election Some people who watched the video of the NBA president had a different opinion, as they criticised him.
Dr Great Oracle @AbdulMahmud01 commented on Twitter: “Effect of State Capture of the NBA. Maikyau speaks for his political master of his home state, Kebbi. Thankfully, I never voted for him as NBA President. Disgraceful.”
Yaro Chukwu called him a clown.
Femi Shelby @FemiDenning commented: “This one that NBA President is saying that the Presidential election was free and fair, there might be need to look into the election that produced him as NBA President. “The man has thrown legal standards into the mariana trench.”
Doctör Penking @drpenking tweeted:
While some have applauded INEC over the conduct of the last 2023 presidential and National Assembly elections, others have described the process as unfair.
A civil society organization, Green Assembly, said the outcome of the election was unfair and not credible as adjudged by several Nigerians across the globe.
The national coordinator of the Green Assembly, Duke Alamboye, said it is worrisome that in this day and age when democracy is supposed to be at its peak, Nigeria is still experiencing instances of gross electoral malpractice, voter suppression and results manipulation by those in authority.