Stephen Angbulu, Abuja
With 16 days to the presidential election, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, on Wednesday stated the February 25 and March 11 elections would maintain regardless of the dual challenges of gasoline and naira scarcity throughout the nation.
Yakubu revealed this to State House Correspondents shortly after briefing the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and different members of the Federal Executive Council on the State House, Abuja.
He stated the fee had settled the 2 main potential obstacles to its operations: gasoline and naira scarcity, having acquired the assurances of the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Ministry of Petroleum Resources.
“I can let you know two of those challenges shortly. The first one is availability of petroleum merchandise.
“We had a gathering with the National Union of Road Transport Workers and so they raised that as a difficulty of concern.
“Immediately after that meeting, we interfaced with the leadership of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited and right now there’s a technical committee working,” Yakubu stated.
According to the INEC boss, the NNPCL will make out there using its 900 land mega stations in addition to floating mega stations nationwide to make sure that the fee suffers no challenges in shifting personnel and supplies for the elections.
He continues, “The second one is the forex problem. Again, we had an engagement yesterday with the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria.
“And he assured us that the fee wouldn’t endure an encumbrance on that rating. Fortunately for us, all our accounts, nationwide and state, are with the apex financial institution.
“So, we raised these challenges and we’ve discovered an answer to these challenges. Rest assured that the elections will maintain as scheduled on February 25 for nationwide and on March 11, for the state elections.
However, Mahmood declined to touch upon the Supreme Court choice to restrain the Federal Government from continuing with the brand new naira coverage.
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