Atiku Calls for Voter Engagement in Kogi, Bayelsa, and Imo Despite INEC’s Challenges

Former Vice President and the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 presidential election, Atiku Abubakar, has delivered a message to residents of Kogi, Bayelsa, and Imo states ahead of the upcoming off-cycle governorship elections.

Despite expressing dissatisfaction with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Atiku urged the citizens of these states to actively participate in the electoral process.

Atiku’s Call for Voter Engagement

In a statement released through his official communication channel, Atiku Abubakar emphasized the importance of civic engagement and encouraged the residents of Kogi, Bayelsa, and Imo to turn out en masse to cast their votes.

He acknowledged that there is widespread dissatisfaction and resentment regarding how INEC handled the promise of transparency in the last general elections.

INEC’s Assurances and Disappointments

Leading up to the 2023 general election, INEC had given assurances that it would implement electronic transmission of election results.

However, this promise was met with significant disappointment as network glitches hindered the commission’s efforts to transmit results electronically.

The failure to deliver on this promise has left many Nigerians dissatisfied and concerned about the transparency of the electoral process.

Potential Impact on Voter Apathy

Political analysts have suggested that INEC’s inability to successfully implement electronic result transmission may contribute to voter apathy in upcoming elections.

Concerns over the reliability and transparency of the electoral process could discourage citizens from participating in the democratic exercise.


Atiku Abubakar’s call for residents of Kogi, Bayelsa, and Imo states to actively participate in the off-cycle governorship elections underscores the importance of democracy and civic engagement.

Despite the challenges and shortcomings observed in INEC’s previous commitments, Atiku’s message highlights the resilience of the democratic process and the need for citizens to exercise their voting rights.

The extent of voter turnout in these upcoming elections will serve as a testament to the strength and commitment of Nigeria’s democracy.

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