Roundtable on the 2023 Nigerian Elections - summary
On the 25th of February and the 11th of March 2023, Nigerians are called to the polls for the sixth time since the return to a multi-party system in the country twenty-three years ago. These elections will take place in a tense context and expectations are running high regarding the growing insecurity and the economic crisis Nigeria is facing. To understand better what is at stakes, IFRA-Nigeria organised a roundtable on the 8th of December 2022 gathering researchers working on various issues related to the 2023 elections at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan.
Amongst other participants, Dr Adeola Adams from the National Open University of Nigeria, Dr David Enweremadu from the University of Ibadan, Dr Victor Eze and Mrs Omolola Thompson discussed topical issues pertaining to the coming elections such as the necessary engagement of the youths, non-government organisations, and many other stakeholders for next year’s elections to happen peacefully. The insecurity surrounding election periods and the Early Warning Indicators Before the 2023 General Election were also discussed amongst other topics.
About 50 people attended this hybrid event. Experts examined the particular issues that have attended Nigeria’s elections over the years with a view to charting the path for the success of the 2023 general election. The Nigerian Tribune wrote an insightful article about this event. On the fifteenth of December Nigeria Watch members were also in Abuja to attend a Workshop, organized by IFRA-Nigeria and the British Council, aimed at discussing Nigeria Watch’s impacts and findings.