The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday present to stakeholders (political parties) list of eligible voters with a figure showing Lagos and Kano maintaining the lead in the number of registered voters
Our correspondent gathered that the total breakdown as shown in INEC analysis indicates it has a total of 84, 004, 84 Nigerians will vote in the elections
Out of the over 84 million voters, Lagos State accounts for 6.6 million while Kano has 5.5 million voters.
In 2015, Lagos and Kano’s states recorded 5.8 million and 5.0 million respectively.
The analysis of the voter register shows South-South has 12,841,279 voters.
Others are South East (10,052,236); South-West (16,292,212); North-West (20,158,100); North-East (11,289,293); and North-Central (13, 366,070).
Female voters constitute 47.14 per cent, which is 39,598,645 voters; while male voters constitute 52.85 per cent, which is 44,405,439 voters.
Youths (18-35) constitute 51.11 per cent, which is 42,938,458 voters; while the middle aged (36-50) constitute 29.97 per cent, which is 25,176,144.
The elderly (51-70) constitute 15.22 per cent, which amounted to 3,100,971 voters; while the old (70+) constitute 3.69 per cent, which is 3,100,971 voters.
Yakubu stressed that INEC had printed and delivered the PVCs to all the states for collection by registered voters, but regretted that millions of cards had yet to be collected.
Meanwhile, the federal high court in Port Harcourt has restrained the electoral body from accepting APC Candidates in the state
Delivering its judgments in two separate suits, the court had asked the independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) not to acknowledge Rivers state’s All Progressive Congress (APC) candidates at the general elections.
Justice Kolawole Omotosho in its verdict also gave an injunction sequel to a suit by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), to which in its prayers, want the court to compel INEC to obey the judgment of a high court nullifying all rivers state APC primaries and congresses to which it was upheld
The judge maintained that Rivers APC would not participate in the gubernatorial, Senate, House of Representatives and House of Assembly elections.
Omotosho, therefore, directed INEC to remove all APC candidates from ballot papers and other electoral materials.
Relying on the ruling and orders of Justice Chinwendu Nworgu of the Rivers State High Court, Omotosho insisted that APC acted in disobedience to court orders, and so it could not benefit from the same.
He declared: “An order is made stopping Rivers APC nominees from parading themselves as candidates for the 2019 general elections.”
He explained that all the primaries conducted by the Rivers State APC, having been nullified by the state high court, remain invalid because the judgment has not been set aside. Omotosho further argued that the APC in Rivers State has no right to nominate any candidate for all the elections.