The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), a civic group, will be hosting a two-day conference in Abuja, on the problematic problem of political corruption in Nigeria.
The conference is aimed at tackling issues relating to corruption in the country’s electoral process.
The forum is expected to be a medium for stakeholders and individuals to participate in discussions around subversion of the electoral process by individuals or group of individuals for their personal interest.
Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, is scheduled to deliver a keynote address with the topic: What Are The Standards for Electoral Integrity in Nigeria?
Stakeholders will be enabled to interrogate and identify different dimensions of electoral corruption and how it impacts on electoral integrity in Nigeria, exploring human factors that encourage electoral corruption.
According to CDD, the conference will also be an opportunity to examine the role of technology in curtailing or enhancing electoral corruption in Nigeria, as well as identifying strategies for tackling electoral corruption ahead of the general elections.
The conference is part of efforts to achieve set out objectives of Strengthening Citizens Resistance Against Prevalence of Corruption (SCRAP-C), a 5-year project supported by the UKAID under its Anti-Corruption in Nigeria Programme (ACORN).
Billed to flag-off the first day, are: Prof. Okechukwu Ibeanu, an INEC Commissioner, Dr. Abdu Hussaini, Country Director, Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC) and Dr. Jideofor Adibe, Associate Professor, Nassarawa State University. They will be deliberating on Electoral Corruption, Typologies, Causes and Implications with Prof Jibrin Ibrahim, Senior Fellow at CDD as a lead speaker.
Former presidential media aide, Reuben Abati will also lead another former presidential aide, Segun Adeniyi and a public analyst, Eze Onyekpere to discuss on Political corruption and elections funding: Impact on Governance.
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the 2017 Anambra Governorship Election, Obaze Oseloka, Peter Ameh, Chairman Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) and Prof Sonaiya Remi, KOWA Party candidate at the 2015 elections would discuss on the topic: Is vote buying a Nigerian Culture? While Jude Ilo, Country Officer and Head of the Nigeria office, Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) would chair the panel.
Abiodun Ajijola, Coordinator, Election Monitor, Samson Itodo of YIAGA Africa, Nicholas Ibekwe, Premium Times and Austin Aigbe, SPO, CDD would herald day two of the conference with the topic; Election corruption and disputed elections: The role of election observers with Clement Nwankwo, Executive Director PLAC as the chairperson.
On the second panel of discussants are: Kemi Okenyodo, Executive Director of Partners for West Africa Representative of Police, Dr. Abiola Akiyode, TMG and Dr. Benson Olugbo, the Executive Director CLEEN Foundation. is to Chair the discussion on Securing Votes: What Role Has Law Enforcement Agents Played and Could Play?
CDD will be drawing the curtain on the confab with: Securing A New Standard of Electoral Integrity for Nigeria (2019 in view). To Chair this is Dr. Abari Garba, the Director General of the National Orientation Agency (NOA) with Festus Okoye, an INEC Commissioner leading Amara Nwakpa, Director Public Policy, Yar’Adua Centre, Khalil Halilu of Zabe Software and Ezenwa Nwagwu, Co-Convener, Partners for Electoral Reform to brainstorm on it.
The Conference is slated for 17th and 18th October 2018.