…By Joseph Benjamin for TDPel Media.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that it will soon take action against the suspended Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Adamawa State, Hudu Yunusa-Ari.
INEC spokesperson, Festus Okoye, revealed that the police have concluded their investigations and that the commission possesses sufficient evidence to prosecute Yunusa-Ari.
Okoye assured the public that the next steps will be disclosed in due course.
Police Investigation and Prosecution:
During an interview on Channels TV, Okoye confirmed that the police have completed their investigations, and Nigerians will be informed of the developments in the coming weeks.
According to Okoye, it is INEC’s responsibility, as stipulated by law, to prosecute Yunusa-Ari if a prima facie case has been established against him.
Controversial Election Announcement and Suspension:
In April 2023, Yunusa-Ari controversially declared Aisha ‘Binani’ Dahiru of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the Adamawa State supplementary governorship election while the collation of results was still ongoing.
INEC swiftly intervened, nullifying Yunusa-Ari’s announcement and allowing the process to continue. Following the incident, Yunusa-Ari was suspended, and President Muhammadu Buhari ordered a thorough investigation into the actions of the electoral commissioner and the accompanying security personnel.
Recent Developments and Collaborative Efforts:
INEC concluded the election process, announcing Ahmadu Fintiri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the rightful winner of the poll.
After going into hiding, Yunusa-Ari surrendered himself to the police on May 2, 2023, and was subsequently granted bail on May 5, 2023.
Since then, there has been limited information about the case.
However, during the recent interview, Okoye confirmed that INEC has been working closely with the police, and a public decision on the matter will be made “very soon.”
Collaboration with the Police and Pending Actions:
Okoye further emphasized that there has been communication and collaboration between the Nigeria Police Force and INEC regarding the investigation.
He assured the public that the commission is actively involved in the processes leading to the decision-making.
Okoye concluded by stating that INEC will soon take appropriate action regarding the suspended REC in Adamawa State.
INEC has announced that it will soon take action against the suspended REC in Adamawa State, following the completion of police investigations.
Festus Okoye, the INEC spokesperson, assured the public that the commission has been actively involved in the process and that a decision will be made public in the near future.
The case stems from the controversial announcement made by the suspended REC during the Adamawa State supplementary governorship election, which was subsequently nullified by INEC.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn