The conflict has moved to the states now that the Independent National Electoral Commission has declared the results of the presidential and national assembly elections, notwithstanding the legal disputes that followed.
On March 18, 2023, Nigerians will vote once more to choose governors and state assembly members.
At the governorship elections, which were scheduled to take place in 28 of the Federation’s 36 states, a total of 18 political parties fielded candidates.
This is because eight states’ governorship elections—Anambra, Bayelsa, Edo, Ekiti, Imo, Kogi, Osun, and Ondo—are held off-year because of legal disputes and judicial rulings.
Nonetheless, there will be elections for state legislators in each of the 36 member states of the Federation.
For the 993 seats in the State Houses of Assembly, there are thousands of contenders.
These figures come from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
In alphabetical order, the 28 states where governorship elections will hold on March 18, 2023 are: Abia, Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Enugu, Gombe, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kwara, Lagos, Nasarawa, Niger, Ogun, Oyo, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto, Taraba, Yobe, Zamfara.
The electoral umpire used the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System and its Outcome Viewing Portal for this year’s elections (IReV).
The electoral board has implemented two new technologies, the IReV and the BVAS, for the accreditation and electronic transmission of votes in this year’s elections.
INEC has once more stated that the technologies would be used for the elections on March 18 and that any bugs that were discovered during the presidential and National Assembly elections a few weeks ago have been fixed.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Labour Party (LP), two opposition political groups, are dubious of the procedure.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate and former governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu, was elected president in the presidential election, which was also denounced by the opposition parties.
The PDP and the LP claimed that INEC violated Section 60 of the Electoral Act 2022.ct 2022 by failing to electronically submit results from the more than 170,000 polling places to the IReV platform.