- These are not the best of times for a member of the House of Representatives, Victor Mela
- Mela was said to have lied under oath while filling INEC form before the 2019 general election
- The court sentenced the lawmaker to prison but gave him an option of fine
A report by Premium Times indicates that the magistrate court in Wuse, Zone 6, area of Abuja, has sentenced a member of the House of Representatives, Victor Mela, to one-month imprisonment.
Legit.ng gathered that the lawmaker who represents Billiri/Balanga federal constituency was, however, given an option of fine.
It was reported that a magistrate court had found the lawmaker guilty of lying under oath while filling the CD001 INEC form prior to the 2019 elections.
According to the report, the lawmaker swore to an affidavit thrice, denying citizenship of another country while he has a British passport.
The online medium said that Mela's conviction followed the prosecution by the police in Abuja.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the All Progressives Congress (APC) declared that the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the December 5, Lagos East senatorial by-election, Babatunde Olalere Gbadamosi known as BOG, is not fit to contest the election.
It was reported that Oladejo asked the Inspector-General of Police to investigate and prosecute the PDP candidate for giving false information on oath in his Form EC9 submitted to the INEC and absconding from the mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).
He emphasised that Gbadamosi and his party should be disqualified from the race over the allegation of forgery and perjury leveled against him.
In another report, the Akwa Ibom state resident electoral commissioner, Mike Igini, said that in Nigeria's local governments, elections are nothing but organised crime.
Igini who made the disclosure on Wednesday, November 25, while speaking on Channels Television's Politics Today, noted that local government polls should not be called elections in any way.
The electoral commissioner went on to accuse state governors of interfering in the conduct of the elections at the grassroots level.
He also explained that what constitutes free, fair, and credible elections with respect to INEC-conducted election is different from the local government.
INEC official at Abuja court | - on Legit TV