- INEC orders Omoleke Muslim to serve as Ekiti state REC in acting capacity following the transfer of Prof Abdulganiyu Raji to Ogun state
- A spokesperson for INEC, Taiwo Gbadegesin, says there is no external motive behind the transfer of Abdulganiyu Raji
- Gbadegesin notes that Raji’s transfer may be as a result of his well-acknowledged outstanding election performances in the past
The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Ekiti state, Prof Abdulganiyu Raji has been moved to Ogun state.
This is coming barely 20 days to the 2019 general elections. The News Agency Agency of Nigeria (NAN) report that the state administrative secretary, Dr Omoleke Muslim, has taken over on acting capacity.
The public affairs officer of INEC in the state, Taiwo Gbadegesin, told NAN that there was no external motive behind the transfer of the REC.
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“It may be as a result of his well-acknowledged outstanding election performances in the past.”
NAN reports that while performing his first function in Ado Ekiti at the opening of a two-day training session for security agencies ahead of the election, Muslim, urged them to be above board.
He charged the security agents not to dance to the whims and caprices of any political party or individual. Muslim said that INEC in the state was fully ready to conduct free, fair and credible polls.
He gave the assurance that all the 2,445 polling units in the state would be manned by security agents to curb electoral malpractices such as vote-buying, vote-selling and other inducements.
He said that 10,426 ad-hoc staff and 365 regular staff of the commission would man the exercise on Feb. 16 and March 02, stressing that they have been given the required training for the task ahead.
He warned politicians and their followers to desist from wooing the staff with either money, food, fuel, accommodation or gifts.
Muslim disclosed that election materials would start arriving the state in a few days time through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
He enjoined residents to steer clear of activities capable of throwing hitches to the electoral process.
Meanwhile, a Federal High Court in Abuja has backed the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in refusing to accept the list of candidates for the next general elections from the Zamfara state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, in a judgment on Friday, January 25, ruled that INEC acted within its powers by refusing to accept list of candidates after the APC failed to conduct a valid primary within the period scheduled by the electoral body, The Nation reports.
The ruling of the Federal High Court was sequel to a suit filed in the name of APC by some individuals, who said they emerged from a consensus arrangement adopted by the party in Zamfara state.
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