Ogun State has recorded the highest number of pre-2023 polls litigation among Nigeria’s 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
According to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), most of the forty pre-2023 polls cases recorded in the state, cutting across political parties in the state, are still in court.
Ogun State INEC resident electoral commissioner, Niyi Ijalaye, announcing this on Thursday while appearing on a Rockcity FM programme, “daybreak show”, said the cases arose from internal crisis within the political parties, mostly parties primaries.
Ijalaiye said the high number of pre-election cases in the state may be because people in the state are very politically active, citing the contribution of eminent people from the state to the political development of Nigeria.
He urged political parties to encourage inclusiveness and to strengthen internal democracy, thereby reducing crisis and ensuring credible primaries ahead of the polls.
The INEC resident electoral commissioner also put the total voting population of Ogun State ahead of the 2023 polls at 2.7 million.
The 2.7 million voting population includes two million, 375 thousand registered voters ahead of the 2019 polls, and 345 thousand, 585 new voters registered in the just concluded Continuous Voter Registration (CVR).
The new figure, according to him, represents a tremendous improvement, asking registered voters to visit INEC offices to collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) to enable them vote in 2023.