Nigeria: SERAP Sues Tinubu Government Over Appointment of APC Members as INEC RECs

SERAP Sues Tinubu Government Over Appointment of APC Members as INEC RECs

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has filed a lawsuit against the President Bola Tinubu-led government over the appointment of card-carrying members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) as Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

PDP Drags Tinubu to Court Over Appointment of APC Member as Akwa Ibom INEC REC

The main opposition, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has also filed a lawsuit against Tinubu over the appointment of Etekamba Umoren, a card-carrying member of the APC, as the INEC REC in Akwa Ibom State.

Stakeholders Fault Senate’s Confirmation of APC Members as INEC RECs

Stakeholders have continued to fault the Senate’s move to confirm the appointment of three members of the ruling party as RECs.

The Executive Director of YIAGA Africa, Samson Itodo, alleged that some of the RECs are politically affiliated with the APC and that there is video evidence of them attending APC political functions.

SERAP Alleges Political Affiliation of Newly Confirmed INEC RECs

SERAP’s lawsuit alleges that the appointment of APC members as INEC RECs is a violation of the Constitution and the Electoral Act, which require INEC to be independent and impartial.

The organization is asking the court to declare the appointments null and void and to order the government to appoint new RECs who are not members of any political party.

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