15th September, 2022
Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, the Chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) will be at the Nigerian Guild of Editors’ Forum on Friday to unveil the commission’s plans for the 2023 elections.
The event will take place at De Rembrandt Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos. The time is 9 am.
Alhaji Atiku Abubakar was scheduled to make the maiden appearance at the forum on Monday, but he could not make it. He, however, sent his profuse apologies to the media executives.
A statement issued by the national president of the NGE, Mr. Mustapha Isah, and general-secretary, Mr. Iyobosa Uwugiaren, said:
“One of the fundamental issues that featured prominently during our Editors’ Training Workshops and Town Hall Meetings, held across the six geo-political zones early this year, with the theme: ‘Media and the Task of Consolidating Nigeria’s Democracy,’ was the need for Editors to thoroughly interrogate the democratic landscape.
“This comprises the political actors, including the electoral body, the candidates for elections, the security agencies, the political observers and the electorate, ahead of the 2023 general elections.”
The statement said the whole idea is for the media to put all the political actors and other stakeholders on their toes and provide the electorate with useful information to enable them to make informed decisions before, during, and after the 2023 general elections.
It stated further that the Guild believes that the forum offers candidates an opportunity to engage media leaders on details of their plans and programs if elected into office.