February 21, 2024
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Policy Dialogue on Vote Trading in Nigeria- The Electorial Forum

The Electoral Forum on Friday, September 2, 2022, organized a Policy Dialogue themed “Addressing Vote Trading in Nigeria: Lessons from Global Comparative Experiences

Speaking at the event, The Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission, Sir Anthony Ojukwu, SAN gave the opening remarks.

Goodwill messages were delivered by Deputy Senate President Ovie Omo-Agege (represented by his chief staff, Dr Otive Igbuzor) INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu (represented by National Commissioner May Agbamuche-Mbu), and Chairperson, House Committee on INEC, Hon. Ayisha Dukku, Chairman ICPC, Professor Bolaji Owasanoye, SAN (represented by the Provost, Anticorruption Academy, Professor Olatunde Babawale), Hon. Fabian Ntung, Chairman, Forum of State Independent Electoral Commissions of Nigeria (FOSIECON), Executive Director, Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development, Dr Tobi Oluwatola and the African Director, MacArthur Foundation, Dr Kole Shettima.

Present during the dialogue were forum members including Hajia Amina Zakari, former INEC National Commissioner and Acting Chairperson, Professor Antonia Taye Simbine, DG, NISER, and former INEC National Commissioner, Kassim Gaidam, former INEC REC Adamawa State, Gloria Ukpong, former Chairperson AKSIEC, Hannatu Biniyat Usman, former Chairperson KADSIECOM, Ademola E. Johnson, former INEC Deputy Secretary, Okechukwu Ndeche and Alhaji Lawal Isa Wase, former INEC Directors, Mike Asukwo of Business Day, and Everest Amaefule formerly of The Punch Newspapers as well as Professor Olatunde Babawale, Provost Anticorruption Academy and Dr Kole Shettima, Africa Director, MacArthur Foundation.

The Policy Dialogue also featured respectable speakers and discussants drawn from different sectors, notably:

  1. Obo Effanga: immediate past INEC Resident Electoral Commissioners (REC) Rivers State/ REC nominee
  2. Professor Babatunde Lawal: Provost, Anti-corruption Academy and member of Electoral Forum
  3. Professor Mike Ushie, Secretary FOSIECON
  4. Professor Irene Pogosson, Head of Department, Political Science, University of Ibadan
  • Tari Oliver, 2023 PDP presidential aspirant, and Women Inclusion Advocate.

Other participants included members of civil society, academia, and policymakers.

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