We Don’t Know Where Suspended Adamawa REC Is

The Independent National Electoral Commission says it has no knowledge of the whereabouts of the suspended Resident Electoral Commissioner of Adamawa State, Hudu Ari.

Ari was suspended for declaring the All Progressives Congress governorship candidate, Aisha Dahiru as winner of the state supplementary election when the collation of the results had not been completed.

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There was also a call for Ari who usurped the position of the state collation officer to be prosecuted.

But INEC National Commissioner, Festus Okoye on Friday while speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, said the Commission had no information on Ari’s whereabouts.

“We don’t know where he is because, after this particular incident, the Commission wrote him and also called him on the phone. He never returned any of the calls, he never answered any of the calls.

“We asked him to report to the Commission on Sunday we didn’t see him, we asked him to report on Monday we didn’t see him. So up till this moment, he has not reported and we don’t know his whereabouts,” Okoye said.

Okoye said that it was up to the police to declare Ari wanted for failing to report to the commission or answer its calls.

He said, “Well, that is the responsibility of the Nigerian police. If they feel that his presence is absolutely needed during the investigation and he is nowhere to be found, it is their prerogative and discretion to declare him wanted.

“We wrote to the Inspector General of Police and Secretary to the Government of the Federation. We have received a response from the Inspector General of Police and they have already commenced an investigation.

“My understanding is that the moment the Inspector General of Police concludes the investigation regarding the REC and every other individual who is involved and a prima facie case is established against the REC the file will be made available to the commission and the commission will begin prosecution of the REC”.


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