- INEC has reacted to the presence of some governors from Niger Republic at President Buhari's campaign rally in Kano
- The commission said, contrary to the allegations by the PDP and others, the Nigerien governors' presence does not violate any law
- The electoral body also told the PDP that it does not have the power to disqualify President Buhari as the opposition party had demanded
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has reportedly said that the presence of some governors from Niger Republic at President Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign rally in Kano state did not violate any Nigerian law.
Legit.ng had reported that two governors from the Niger Republic, Issa Moussa of Zinder and Zakiri Umar of Maradi, were present at President Buhari’s campaign in Kano.
The visit had triggered criticisms from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and some other Nigerians who described it as a form of foreign interference in the electoral process.
Uche Secundus, national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) asked INEC to disqualify Buhari from the presidential election over the development.
“They came with monies and mercenaries to influence elections in Nigeria,” Secondus alleged.
However, The Cable reports that the INEC director of Voter Education and Publicity, Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, in an interview said the Nigerien governors’ presence at the APC rally in Kano does not violate the law “as far as I am aware”.
Osaze-Uzzi said the law only prohibits foreigners’ direct involvement in the electoral process.
“They are not allowed to participate as either candidates or voters,” he was quoted to have said.
“But they can only observe the process. As far as I am concerned, their presence does not violate the constitution.”
He also said the commission has no powers to disqualify the president as the PDP demanded, adding that only the courts have such power.
“INEC has no power to disqualify any candidate,” he said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that INEC assured Nigerians that it would investigate the federal government's TraderMoni micro-credit scheme.
The electoral body said it had been alerted on concerns over vote buying by some politicians.
Speaking with journalists in Abuja on Thursday, January 31, the INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, the commission would investigate the scheme for possible violation of campaign finance laws.
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