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BREAKING: INEC says elections will hold as planned despite fuel and naira scarcity

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has said the forthcoming elections will hold as planned.

This was according to a statement made by the INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu on Wednesday, February 8, 2023, during a meeting with the Federal Executive Council (FEC) presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The INEC chairman’s statement comes as Nigerians across the country battle with the scarcity of petrol and new naira notes.

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Concerns have been raised about how the situation may affect the conduct of the forthcoming presidential and governorship elections on February 25 and March 11 respectively.

Earlier, the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Godwin Emiefele has said that the apex will not allow itself to be used to frustrate the forthcoming general elections.

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Emiefele made this known while playing host to the Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Prof Mahmood Yakubu and 11 National Commissioners in at the CBN’s headquarters in Abuja, on Tuesday, February 7, 2023.

Responding to a request from Yakubu that the CBN should find a way of addressing scarcity of currency across the country 17 days to the Presidential and National Assembly elections since some service providers to the commission were “unbanned,” he said the CBN will make available every cash needed to pay logistics for the success of the elections.

He further said; “The CBN will not allow itself to be used as agents to frustrate the forthcoming election which is a positive assignment.

“If you require cash to pay some of your service providers, we will make it available to you. We will not allow ourselves to be seen as agents that frustrate a genuine assignment”.

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