INEC denies link between planned probe of its chairman’s tenure in TEFund and Melaye’s recall

771, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu

Multiple reports linking the suspension of the process of recalling Senator Dino Melaye by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to the plan to probe the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), an agency incumbent INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, was the Executive Secretary in 2012, have been denied.

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The reports had claimed that the halt in the move to recall Melaye by INEC was due to Senate’s plan to probe the boss of the electoral umpire’s tenure in TETFund.

In a statement signed by a National Commissioner of INEC, Prof. Okechukwu Ibeanu, the agency said its suspension had nothing to do with the alleged plan to probe its chairman’s tenure in TETFund.

Rather, it was only in obedience to an order of the Federal High Court, Abuja, directing parties to maintain the status quo pending the determination of the plaintiff’s motion on notice.

The statement read in part, “the insinuation that the commission’s decision to obey the court order was somehow related to the Senate’s intention to probe the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) is not only false and misleading, but also a deliberate attempt to portray the commission in a bad light, and cast aspersions on it.

“Surely, the decision of the Commission to obey the court order, pursue its timeous vacation and lay a complaint about the nature of the Federal High Court order to the Chief Justice of the Federation cannot, in any way, mean a secession of the process of recall of the senator, which has already commenced.”

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