By Nick Chibunna
Contrary to views expressed by some Nigerians that the 2023 general elections may not hold due to growing insecurity in the country and other electoral challenges, an Owerri-based legal practitioner, Barr. NBE Nwigwe, has expressed optimism that the polls will hold if the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) remains sincere.
The legal luminary, stated this recently, in Atta, Ikeduru, while fielding questions from newsmen.
Barr. Nwigwe, who was among the special guests to the 8th Diocesan Women’s General Conference of the Anglican Diocese of Ikeduru held at the Cathedral Church of St. Matthew, Atta, commended the federal government for signing Electoral Act into law.
According to him, the electronic transmission of results, which is one of the provisions of the Act, would ensure fairness, as long as the Bi-modal Voter Accreditation System (BIVAS) is strictly adhered to by INEC.
Nwigwe, an advocate of the Igbo cultural heritage, said that the new Central Bank Policy to redesign the naira notes will also help to make the elections to be free and fair.
According to Chief Nwigwe, if the electoral umpire keeps to the rules of the game by being honest and sincere Nigerians vote would count and the nation would be better for it.
He, however, regretted that millions of permanent voters’ cards (PVC) were yet to be collected by their owners, especially in the Sough=East geo-political zone.
He explained that the present lull in political activities could be due to the unfavourable economic condition in the country but observed that Nigerians were desirous of change.
On his preferred candidate among the three contending presidential front-runners who can fix Nigeria, Chief Nwigwe said that as an individual he would vote for Mt Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP), but quickly added that, for any presidential candidate to win an election his antecedents and popularity must cut across ethnic divides.
On the wide-spread popularity of the LP presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi, especially among the Nigeria youths and apex socio-cultural organizations in the country, Barr. Nwigwe simply quipped: “Before the elections, we shall know their seriousness”.
Furthermore, he said that the change of naira will check the excess cash inflow, and at the same time compel individuals who have stashed away excess cash in dubious circumstances to bring them out.
If that is done, it would go a long way to stabilize the economy and influence inflationary trends, he said.
By Nick Chibunna