Owerri, 20 March, 2023 / 9:04 pm (ACI Africa).
The President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) has called on Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to seize the opportunity of the Gubernatorial polls to redeem its “damaged reputation.”
Nigerians returned to the polls on March 18 for the election of governors and members of the State House of Assembly that had earlier been scheduled to take place on March 11.
On March 8, Nigeria’s INEC announced the postponement of the country’s election of new governors for 28 of the 36 States by one week, citing challenges in logistics.
In his address during Holy Mass for the Canonical Erection of the new Diocese of Aguleri and the installation of the new Local Ordinary, Bishop Denis Chidi Isizoh, Archbishop Lucius Ugorji said Nigeria’s electoral commission should not “betray the trust of Nigerians once again.”
“INEC should live above board this time to redeem its damaged reputation for grossly betraying the trust of Nigerians during the 25 February 2023 presidential election,” Archbishop Ugorji said during the March 17 event.