CDD Election Analysis Centre Preliminary Anambra Election Report

Key Talking Points Despite concerns over the heavy deployment of security agents, very few incidents of intimidation and violence have been reported defying the context of fear and uncertainty that preceded election day. Security agents were frequently absent at the commencement of accreditation in several pollings units, which likely heightened uncertainty among voters and officials. …

CDD Sues for Peace Ahead of the November 6, 2021, Anambra State Governorship Election

Welcome remarks Gentlemen and women of the press. On behalf of the Centre for Democracy and Development, I welcome you to this Press Briefing on the 2021 Anambra State governorship election. Introduction In the past few months, the upcoming Anambra state elections have captured national discourse, mostly because of what it represents at this moment …

Anambra Election 2021: Low Voter-Turnout Expected Amid IPOB Fears

With the off-cycle Anambra elections scheduled to hold in a few days, the feasibility of the election has been the subject of widespread commentary. This uncertainty that has trailed discussions of the elections have been a result of the deteriorating security situation in the state. Two security situations with strong implications on the election include …

#ENDSARS ANNIVERSARY: CDD ADVOCATES POLICE REFORM, JUSTICE FOR VICTIMS OF POLICE BRUTALITY

AFRICA’s leading pro-democracy, policy advocacy and research organisation, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), has admonished President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure the holistic reforms of the Nigeria Police Force, the nation’s leading law enforcement agency, before the expiration of his tenure of office, saying such would become an indelible legacy he would be bequeathing …

The Centre for Democracy and Development awarded FCDO grant to support “Strengthening the Delivery of Peace and Security in Nigeria” project

Abuja – The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) is excited to announce today that it is the recipient of a grant from the UK government to support the project Strengthening the Delivery of Peace and Security in Nigeria (SDPS).  Nigeria is burdened by an unprecedented array of overlapping security crises ranging from banditry to …

[Press Statement] Center For Democracy And Development (CDD) Awarded Macarthur Funds Supporting An Equitable Recovery

[ABUJA,] July 28, 2021 — Centre for Democracy and Development has been awarded a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for its work to accelerate COVID-19 vaccine uptake in Nigeria by addressing disinformation and misinformation and building public confidence. The grant is part of roughly $80 million in awards MacArthur announced …

CDD Calls On National Assembly To Make Critical Changes To The Electoral Act (CDD Press Statement)

The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD-West Africa) has renewed its call on the National Assembly to yield to the yearnings of Nigerians and finally deliver an electoral law that will secure our hard-earned democracy and deliver an electoral ecosystem that respects the choices of Nigerians. In a position paper titled Still Work To Do …

CDD Petitions National Assembly on Onochie's Nomination As INEC Commissioner

Calls on the Senate to disqualify Ms Lauretta Onochie as nominee for National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Advises President Buhari to honourably withdraw her nomination The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has petitioned the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to object to the nomination of Ms Lauretta Onochie …

Six-Year Assessment Outlines President’s Anti-Corruption Record (CDD Press Statement)

West Africa’s frontline pro-democracy think tank, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), an organization advocating for transparent and accountable public governance in the West African sub-region, has released an assessment report on the Buhari administration’s anticorruption programme. The report observes that Nigerians are disappointed with the Buhari administration’s poor response to corruption, recalling that …

Tribute: CDD Mourns the Loss of Innocent Chukwuma; Eulogises the Indelible Marks Left Behind

Innocent Chukwuma was a global citizen whose memory will be cherished as a champion for democracy, justice, and equality in Nigeria. The quote “Gone but not forgotten” perfectly describes the character and person of Innocent Chukwuma. As an activist, Innocent Chukwuma was a creative, committed, compassionate and strategic leader. Innocent Chukwuma was one of the …

CDD Condemns Killing of Three Voters at Ekiti State Assembly Bye-Election

PRESS STATEMENT March 21, 2021 Abuja •            Calls for the Enactment of Electoral Offenses Commission and Speedy Prosecution of Culprits The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD-West Africa) is dismayed by the violent disruption of the conduct of Saturday, March 20, 2021 bye-election for the Ekiti East Constituency (1) of the State House of Assembly. …

CDD Hails Resilience of Women Despite Challenges

Calls For Legislation, Policies To Enhance Participation in Decision Making As the world celebrates International Women’s Day, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) heartily felicitates with women in Nigeria, Africa, and worldwide. Notwithstanding the devastating impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on lives and livelihoods, women have remained resilient as they continue to play pivotal …

Now That Jangebe Schoolgirls Are Back, Government Must Implement Holistic Plan To Deter Further Attacks on School – CDD

For Immediate Release March 2, 2021 The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) expresses relief on the release of 317 students of the Government Girls Secondary School (GGSS) Jangebe in Talata Local Government Area of Zamfara State on Tuesday, March 2, 2021. While we rejoice with Nigeria and the families of the students on their …

National Security: Buhari Has So Far, Failed – Joint Civil Society Action Coalition

21 FEB 2021 Introduction Nigeria is in dire straits. All over the country, Nigerian citizens, including children, are killed daily by terrorists and criminals as well as in extra-judicial killings by state actors with the government doing little or nothing about it. The government, through the Minister of Defence, has instead callously abdicated its responsibility …

CDD Ranked High Among Sub-Saharan Think Tanks

January 31, 2021 Abuja, Nigeria CDD Ranked High Among Sub-Saharan Think Tanks A new ranking by the Global To Go Think Tank Index of the University of Pennsylvania has ranked the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) as the top-rank civil society think tank organisation in Nigeria. The 2020 report released Thursday, January 28, 2021, …

For A Future For Nigeria: We Must Draw A Red Line On The Zabarmari Massacre

STATEMENT BY CONCERNED NIGERIANS We are responsible and patriotic Nigerians who have watched with serious concern the unfolding crisis threatening to engulf our nation. We are non-partisan individuals who believe in the union of our people through the maintenance of democratic order founded on the rule of law. Our initiative grew out of the recent …

CDD Election Statement Burkina Faso

Political Context With Burkina Faso set to hold presidential elections on 22 November 2020, there are fears of the widespread inability of accessing polling stations due to the presence of extremist groups that have disrupted voter registration in many parts of the country. The incumbent, President Roc Marc Kabore is seeking a second five-year term …

Escalation of Threats Against Human Rights Activists Putting Nigeria In Negative Global Spotlight

PRESS STATEMENT November 10, 2020 The undersigned coalition of Civil Society Organisations working to promote democracy, human rights and accountable governance hereby express grave concerns about the rise in the level of attacks targeted at human rights activists and pro-democracy campaigners especially since the start of the #EndSARS protests. Despite the local and global condemnations, …

#EndSARS Protest: Finding a Pathway to Sustainable Peace and Development

Released October 26, 2020 As we continue to condemn the use of ‘live bullets’ on unarmed protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate, on October 20, 2020, we also join our voices to condemn acts of thuggery, hate speeches, and fake news. We particularly condemn the hoodlums that attacked security facilities and personnel of the Nigeria …

Killers of #EndSARS Protesters Must Be Held To Account

PRESS STATEMENT October 21, 2020 We, the undersigned coalition of civil society organisations, are deeply shocked by the killing of peaceful protesters across Nigeria yesterday. The attempt to fight for justice over police brutality has again revealed the brutal nature of the Nigerian state. At the last count, not less than 40 Nigerians have lost …