• Urges INEC to guard its credibility
By Mohammed Usman
The Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has denied that he did double Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) registration, and challenged the commission to prove the allegation with substantial evidences.
The governor made this denial while fielding questions on AIT programme, Focus Nigeria, on December 18, 2017.
This is coming at a time INEC had sacked two of its staff over the alleged double registration carried out on the governor and its intention to prosecute him (the governor) after leaving office.
The governor, who insisted that the allegation is contradictory, said: “I decided to be here myself to clear the air to my teaming supporters, and to inform the public of the true situation about my registration. I never did any double registration. I registered only once; which was in 2011, at Wuse zone 4 here in Abuja.
“Now, on that particular day, that they are purporting that I carried out another registration in government house- first of all, government house is not an INEC registration center. Two, I was out of this country. I had earlier went for my eye surgery; and I didn’t return from the medical checkup. I left the shores of this country on 19th of May, and I arrived Dubai on 20th of May. I left Dubai on 24th of May to London, and arrived London on 24th of May. I left London back to Nigeria on 25th of May because I needed to address citizens of Kogi State on 29th of May, which was the democracy day.”
The governor continued: “So, I don’t know where that official from INEC got his information from. They were relying on a picture, a facebook picture, that was carried out on registration.
“What I am trying to say is that, facebook picture, somebody can transpose a picture and flash it in the air. No such thing has ever happened, except if it was my ghost, or maybe I have a duplicate.”
The governor expressed that INEC is a reputable organization, and a lot of good image has been form about INEC in the past; and he knows that the current leadership has integrity to maintain and to build on.
Concluding, he said, “I don’t think INEC should allow anybody to smear or drag its name into the mud that will raise question of credibility about the commission – and they really need to prove this to the world.
“If they can’t prove this, I am sorry, their character and integrity will be put to question.”