INEC: Don’t Re-confirm Rufus Akeju as REC, Rights Group tells Saraki, Senate

Posted on Mar 29 2017 - 4:00pm by admin

As Senate postponed the screening of the nominees for the position of the Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) until after two weeks, a human rights group in Nigeria, the Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice (CHRSJ) has urged the upper Chamber of the nationwide assembly under the leadership of Dr. Bukola Saraki to not re-ascertain the name of the quick previous Oyo State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Ambassador (Dr.) Rufus Oloruntoyin Akeju over bribery allegation scandal during the 2015 normal elections.

Bukola Saraki
Bukola Saraki

The crew then again, disclosed that Dr. Akeju as a former Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) was once still below investigation of the industrial and monetary Crimes commission (EFCC) for allegedly receiving N802million out of N23billion bribe disbursed to electoral officials by means of a former Minister of Petroleum instruments, Mrs.&#one hundred sixty; Diezani Alison-Madueke, throughout the 2015 basic elections, including that Akeju has lower back over sum of N100million again to the cover of the anti-graft agency.

It alleged that Akeju has dedicated many electoral and immoral atrocities, whereas serving as Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in each Osun and Oyo States respectively, urging the management of the Senate to request from the commercial and financial Crimes commission (EFCC) to supply it the detail reviews of the anti-graft investigation on the bribery allegation rocking the final elections in Oyo State beneath Akeju’s watch.

according to the statement signed by way of the CHRSJ’s government Chairman, Comrade Adeniyi, Alimi Sulaiman, a replica was made to be had to newsmen on Wednesday, maintained that the senate should no longer confirm the man of questionable personality like Akeju into the fee as headship of its State office as a result of the sensitivity nature of the company to peaceable co-existence and development of the nation’s democracy, insisting that Akeju does no longer match to hold any position of authority within the land again.

Comrade Sulaiman recommended the Senate to reject Akeju’s nomination by using asking for for any other credible person to symbolize the Lagos State within the fee, noting that the precise crew would soon forward a letter to the Senate leadership, detailing the various atrocities dedicated through Akeju whereas earlier serving in the fee and as well raising some elementary issues that made Akeju unfit for the place of authority in the land again.

Akeju, in step with the workforce, lacked the requisite integrity, temperament and civility to serve again in the commission, his rejection would store the commission from impeding embarrassment and odium.

The workforce stated; “impartial national Electoral commission (INEC) is the delicate company of the Federal executive which must now not be allowed to characterize by using the people of questionable persona like Ambassador Rufus Akeju. The position of the commission is essential to the peaceable co-existence of the nation and deepening of our democracy.

“anyone that will serve within the electoral umpire should are living above board, now not controversial character like Ambassador Akeju. How come a person like Akeju who is still underneath investigation of economic and financial Crimes commission (EFCC) for N802 million electoral bribery scandal, would still be forwarded for re-appointment underneath the alternate mantra, President Muhammadu Buhari and as smartly request the Senate to substantiate such individual. If Akeju re-confirmed, it would not augur well for the fee because the united states of america is preparing to have free, honest, credible and in most cases suitable elections in 2019”

It delivered that, “it’s incumbent on us as an organization that is committed to the advertising of peace, good governance, sanctity of fact, credible elections and democratic ethos to let the Senate recognize that Ambassador Rufus Akeju is just not match and correct particular person to be reconsidered for any such privilege appointment”.

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