INEC sacks three for registering Kogi Gov twice, says Yahaya Bello is untouchable

INEC sacks three for registering Kogi Gov twice, says Yahaya Bello is untouchable

I didn’t register to vote twice, says Yahaya Bello

The Independent National Electoral Commission says it has approved the immediate sacking of two of its officials and the compulsory retirement of another electoral official for their alleged role in the double registration of the Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello.

The electoral body, however, stated that it could not take any action against Bello because “ he is still enjoying immunity by virtue of Section 308 of the 1999 Constitution.”

The INEC National Commissioner and member, Information and Voter Education Committee, Mrs. May Agbmuche-Mbu, also revealed that the commission had approved the registration of 21 political parties bringing the total of registered political parties to 67.

The statement read in part, “Following reports of the alleged double registration by the governor of Kogi State in the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration, the commission set up a panel of investigation into the involvement of (members of staff) in the matter.

“The initial report set up by the panel was referred to the appointment, promotion and disciplinary committee, which made recommendations to the commission.

“While the governor of Kogi State currently enjoys immunity from prosecution, the commission approved the summary dismissal of two employees for acts of misconduct and the immediate and compulsory retirement of an electoral officer for acts of gross misconduct.”

INEC had in May accused Bello of registering at Wuse Zone 4, Abuja on January 30, 2011 and in the Government House, Lokoja, on May 23, 2017

It had stated that the governor’s double registration and doing so outside lNEC’s designated centres “are both illegal.”

Meanwhile, INEC has also announced the registration of 21 new parties.

The parties include: All Blending Party, All Grassroots Alliance, Alliance for New Nigeria, Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party, Coalition for Change, Freedom and Justice Party, Grassroots Development Party of Nigeria and Justice Must Prevail Party.

Others are, Legacy Party of Nigeria, Mass Action Joint Alliance, Modern Democratic Party, National Interest Party, National Rescue Mission, New Progressives Movement, Nigeria Democratic Congress Party, People’s Alliance for National Development and Liberty, People’s Trust, Providence People’s Congress, Re-Build Nigeria Party, Restoration Party of Nigeria and Sustainable National Party.

INEC sacks three for registering Kogi Gov twice, says Yahaya Bello is untouchable

I didn’t register to vote twice, says Yahaya Bello

Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi state has dismissed allegation by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that he registered twice as a voter in Abuja and subsequently in Lokoja.

INEC on May 25 via a statement issued by one of its National Commissioners and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee (IVEC), Mr Solomon Soyebi, alleged that Bello registered twice as a voter.

Soyebi said the governor first registered in Abuja in January, 2011, and subsequently on May 23, 2017, in Government House, Lokoja.

He described the governor’s double registration as illegal.

Bello said it might be his ghost that must have done the double registration and not him.

“I travelled on (May) 19 to Dubai for a brief break and I saw the press release and I was taken aback that I did a double registration on (May) 23rd. Probably, it was my ghost that must have done the double registration.

“I think INEC has earned itself a very high reputation and I’m very confident that the leadership of INEC will not allow some elements to drag its name into the mud.

“Actually, that is a falsehood; I did not do double registration of permanent voter’s card,’’ he said.

The INEC statement read: “It has come to the attention of INEC that Gov. Bello of Kogi state registered as a voter for the second time on Tuesday May 23, 2017, in Government House, Lokoja, the state capital.

“His first registration was on January 30, 2011, in Wuse Zone 4, Abuja.

“The governor’s double registration and doing so outside lNEC’s designated centres are both illegal.

“For the on-going Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise, INEC has designated a centre in each of the country’s 774 local government areas including FCT’s six area councils.’’

INEC had since dissociated itself from the governor’s action while it also pledged to take disciplinary action against its staff implicated in the second registration for Bello.

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