INEC has no preference for any candidate in 2023 elections – official

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Abuja, Feb. 9, 2023 – The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has expressed its neutrality to all candidates in the 2023 general elections.

It said it had no preference for any candidate in the elections.

INEC said these in statement on Wednesday while reacting to negative expressions of Nigerians to the “like” it expressed on its Twitter handle to a tweet describing Peter Obi, the Presidential candidate of the Labour Party, as “an opportunist”

Many followers of the INEC Twitter handle expressed outrage at the action of a supposedly independent electoral body.

But INEC denied the action, saying it is investigating the circumstances surrounding the issue.

 “The attention of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been drawn to post on its Twitter handle, liking a post relating to one of the 18 presidential candidates.

“The commission is an independent electoral body and does not have a preference for any candidate or political party.

“The commission assures all Nigerians of its neutrality and will conduct a general election that is free and fair to all.

“The allegiance of the commission is to the people of Nigeria.

“In the meantime, the commission is investigating the circumstances that led to the liking of the said post and will take appropriate disciplinary actions if an infraction is established,” it said. (GBN)

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