Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Professor Mahmood Yakubu, has described the outcome of the primary elections of political parties before the 2019 general election as the ‘’most acrimonious party primaries’’ in the history of the elections in the country.
He said, the Commission had been joined in over 1,600 lawsuit court over the conduct of the last general election, adding that not less than 809 of the Cases emanated from the conduct of primary elections of various political parties, while the other cases originated from post-election result .
The INEC boss who was a special guest of honour at the Annual general Meeting of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations Kaduna State Chapter, told newsmen that political parties must be able to produce a credible candidate in their primaries which will help the electoral umpire to succeed in the conduct of any election in the country.
‘’Primary election of political is the starting point, because they produce the candidate that will participate in general elections. However, before the last general election, we experienced the most acrimonious party primaries in the history of our election which resulted to a large numbers of litigations.
‘’As I speak now, INEC has been dragged to court up to 809 times over the primaries of various political parties’’ he said.
Yakuku added that the Electoral commission will continue in its effort in consolidating on the nation’s democracy through the conduct of credible elections.
He also noted that INEC was fully prepared for the governorship election in Kogi and Bayelsa States which will be conducted in few months.