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INEC Chairman allegedly under pressure from Federal Government to redeploy RECs in Akwa Ibom, Imo, Benue, Plateau and Rivers States

INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahood Yakubu

Report has it that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is under pressure to redeploy the Resident Electoral Commission (REC) in Akwa Ibom State, Mike Igini, before the forthcoming March 9 Governorship and House of Assembly Elections across the country.

According to Premium Times, an undisclosed official of the electoral commission revealed that the Chairman of INEC, Mahmood Yakubu, is under pressure from the Federal Government to redeploy the REC from Akwa Ibom.

“He (Mr Yakubu) is working on the (redeployment) plan,” the undisclosed official said. “The announcement will be out few days to the governorship election.

“People in the office (INEC headquarters) are surprised, and are worried at the same time why the chairman could give in to such pressure when he knows the consequences it could have on the commission’s image and on the remaining elections,” he added.

The ruling All Progressives Congress and its National Chairman, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, had repeatedly called for the removal of Mr. Igini from Akwa Ibom State on the allegation that he was bias.

The PDP however noted that the APC was only calling for his removal because he (Igini) refused to rig the elections.

There are also speculations that the INEC Chairman is also under more pressure to redeploy the RECs in Rivers, Imo, Benue and Plateau States.

Mr. Rotimi Oyekanmi, INEC spokesman, however denied the reports, saying that they were just speculations and not true; “It’s not true. It is just speculation,” he said.

“The INEC chairman has not told me of any pressure, and I don’t see any pressure on his face, except for the normal pressure of planning for the general elections as we all know, but not pressure from anybody to transfer anybody.

“There is no such plan to redeploy any of the RECs before the elections,” Oyekanmi added.

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