- INEC chairman has broken his silence on allegations leveled against the Akwa Ibom state REC Barrister Mike Igini
- Prof. Mahmood Yakubu explained that the commission would stand by all its RECs
- The INEC boss noted that the electoral body won’t be intimidated by antics of politicians
Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has said the electoral body will continue to stand by its Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs).
Yakubu stated this in reaction to allegations made by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo state against INEC Akwa Ibom REC, Barr. Mike Igini.
It would be recalled that the APC made an allegation of criminal connivance between Igini and the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governor Godwin Obaseki.
Despite the claims, the INEC boss expressed confidence in all its RECs, saying the commission is not new to the antics of partisans who malign electoral officials ahead of major elections.
The INEC chairman disclosed this during the swearing-in of a new REC, Dr. Tella Adeniran Rahmon, on Tuesday, September 1, in Abuja.
Speaking after the event, Yakubu said INEC will not be distracted from doing what is right as they are aware of the shenanigans which people pull ahead of elections, adding that politicians have been doing it for a long time.
He assured the people that INEC will be professional and conduct free, fair and credible elections.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Igini, an official of INEC threatened to file a defamation suit against the APC media campaign chairman in Edo state, John Mayaki.
Igini issued the threat after Mayaki reportedly accused him of meddling in the Edo governorship election to favour another political party.
The INEC official demanded N1 billion damages from Mayaki and an apology to be broadcast in the media over the allegation. Igini through his counsel, Clement Onwuenwunor, said he will proceed with the legal action if his demands are not met.
In a similar development, the national president Arewa Youths Consultative Forum (AYCF), Alhaji Yerima Shettima, has warned political actors in the state not to undermine the Edo governorship election.
In a statement issued on Monday, August 31, and made available to Legit.ng, Shettima, who was reacting to the allegation leveled against Igini, over the election, said Nigeria's democracy should not be assaulted.
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