Eminent Nigerians together with elder statesmen and technocrats below the aegis of National Consultative Front (NCFront) are planning to converge within the nation’s capital, Abuja on October 1 to carry a National Political Summit.
The convention, which is to commemorate the 61st Independence Anniversary of the nation, can even be used for the inauguration of the non-partisan nationwide political coalition for the adoption of digital switch of election outcomes for the 2023 basic elections.
Among notable Nigerians to talk on the event are former Speaker, House of Representatives, Ghali Umar Na’abba; political economist and former presidential candidate, Prof Pat Utomi; former Secretary to the Government of Kano State, Dr Sule Hamma; Former House of Representatives member, Dr Usman Bugaje; National Chairman of the Social Democratic Party and former minister, Dr Olu Agunloye; and former ambassador of Nigeria, Tokunbo Awolowo Dosunmu.
Also, frontline media mogul, Chief Raymond Dokpesi; human rights’ lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome SAN; human rights’ lawyer and activist, Femi Fálànà, SAN, former Minister of Education, Dr Oby Ezekwesili; foremost constitutional lawyer within the United States, Adewole Adebayo; former presidential candidate, Prof Kingsley Moghalu, former Kaduna senator and rights’ activist, Senator Shehu Sani, amongst others.
This was contained in a press release issued by the NCFront National Secretariat and signed by its Head, Public Affairs Bureau, Dr Tanko Yunusa obtained by SaharaReporters on Monday.
The occasion will likely be co-chaired by Prof Attahiru Jega, former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission and Dr Olisa Agbakoba SAN, a former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, who will each give Opening Remarks on the occasion.
It will likely be held below the theme; “Restoring the Credibility of Nigerian Democracy and Legitimacy of the Nigerian State: The Imperative For the adoption of Electronic Transmission of Election Results in Nigeria.”
The assertion learn, “Universally, election is a serious plank of Democracy and if any electoral course of is vulnerable to rigging and malpractices then such democracy loses its credibility and sanctity.
“It is for that reason that we as leaders of conscience are fairly fearful that elections in Nigeria have been riddled with malpractices and rigging for the reason that inception of the current civilian rule in Nigeria, thereby making majority of Nigerian residents to lose religion within the Nigerian democracy in addition to the Nigerian State resulting in apathy and sabotage.
“The unlucky flaws and pitfalls of the Nigeria electoral system have drastically eroded the legitimacy of the Nigerian State to the extent that seemingly elected governments are presently contending with completely different types of political instability, insecurity and sabotage orchestrated by the ruled, having failed to offer good governance and dividends of democracy for almost all of the residents, owing to disaster of stolen mandate and inept management foisted by rigged elections.
“However, our investigations and nationwide consultations have revealed that one main issue and alibi for electoral malpractices and rigging in Nigeria is the handbook/bodily switch of election leads to Nigeria, which is archaic, problematic and susceptible to abuse and infractions.
“Consequently, Stakeholders throughout social gathering divides and sectional traces, together with the elections administration physique, INEC have come to a Consensus that the nation is ripe and due for digital transmission of election outcomes to beat not less than 50% of the idea for electoral malpractices in Nigeria.
“But some highly effective lawmakers within the National Assembly and their sponsors, who’re the best beneficiaries of the present manipulative election outcomes switch mode, have determined to represent a barrier to yearnings and aspirations of nearly all of Nigerians for the nation to undertake digital transmission of election outcomes for the 2023 elections.
“Other key individuals and audio system invited to play key roles within the non-partisan nationwide coalition embrace, Chief Raph Okey Nwosu, National Chairman, ADC, Barr Dan Nwanyawu, National Chairman, ZLP, Engr Buba Galadima, Expert on Electoral Reforms, Past Ituah Ighodalo, Dr Hakeem Baba Ahmed, Spokesperson, Northern Elders Forum, NEF, Amb Nkoyo Toyo, Former Member, House of Reps, Prof Jibo Ibrahim, Civil Society Leader, Mallam Bello Falalu, National Chairman, PRP, Father George Ehusani, Engr Sanni Yabagi, National Chairman, ADP, Dr Osagie Obayuwana, Former Chairman of NCP and Chair, CDHR, Prof Chidi Odinkalu, Former Chair, National Human Rights Commission.
“Alhaji Shettimah Yerima, Leader, Arewa Youths, Comrade Joe Ajaero, Deputy President, NLC, Hadjia Najatu Mohammed, Foremost Woman Activist, Comrade Promise Adewusi, Former Deputy President of NLC, Chief Precious Elekima, Chairman, PLIF, Dr Tanko Yunusa, Former Presidential Candidate, Arc Nyak Etok, Ezekiel, DG, Nigeria First Movement, High Chief Peter Ameh, National Secretary, CUPP and Immediate Erstwhile Chairman of IPAC, Mr Monday Ubani, Chairman, Public Interest Section of NBA, Engr Hon Mrs Janet Adeyemi, Coordinator, Women in Mining, Dr Sadique Gombe of the RNP, Hon Dr Olu Usim Wilson, Women Leader, Dr Sam Amadi, Constitutional Lawyer and Scholar, Leaders of Frontline Civil Society Groups at present engaged on Electoral Reforms in Nigeria comparable to YAIGA, CDD, CISLAC, Situation Room, PLAC, TMG, amongst others.”