2023: Jega, Utomi, others unveil non-partisan coalition
Ahead of the 2023 general elections, the former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, and a foremost political economist, Prof. Pat Utomi, on Friday unveiled a non-partisan coalition.
The coalition under the aegis of the National Consultative Front, is designed to galvanise support for legislation for the electronic transfer of election results.
The unveiling took place at the 61st Independence National Political Summit organised by the NC Front, in Abuja.
Speaking during the event, Jega said a legal framework was an irrevocable part of any credible election to take place.
According to him, the integrity or otherwise of any electoral process begins with the laws guiding it.
He said, “To ensure that the preference of Nigerians is brought to bear on the process, apart from the issue of electronic transmission, there are other issues.
Also, Utomi urged Nigerians to go beyond holding talk shops and put their money where their mouth is.
He explained that every Nigerian can start by contributing as little as N5 to provide funding for the new initiative in order to take back their politics from the clutches of money bags.
Earlier, a former member of the National Assembly, Senator Shehu Sani, expressed reservations about the current National Assembly and opposition to the electronic transfer of election results.
He explained that the argument by some legislators that the National Communications Commission lacks the capacity to make the electronic transfer of results was suspect.