A prominent Nigerian, Chidi Odinkalu, has raised vital points regarding how the involvement of the Supreme Court in the last Imo State governorship election could impact voter turnout in the upcoming election. During his interview on News Central, Chidi expressed concern over the interference of the courts in elections.
Addressing the topic, Chidi said, "The biggest thing you can do is make the presidential election credible, because this will give Nigerians the impression that their votes count." This gives them the incentive to return to vote at the state level. However, a rigged outcome of the presidential polls will make it impossible to persuade people that their votes can count.
He added, "Secondly, how can you convince people in Imo State that their votes will count? "They elected a candidate, but the Supreme Court justices picked the candidate who emerged fourth in the governorship race as the winner. Judges have had an impact on elections, and this worries me. They could simply send back the parties involved and ask INEC to do its homework. I recall how Lawan and Akpabio emerged as candidates through the courts.
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