INEC Vows To Prosecute Kogi Governor, Bello Over Double Registration
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has said that it will prosecute the Kogi State Governor over an alleged double registration.
The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in Kogi, Prof. James Apam, said this in Lokoja on Thursday, adding that the commission is waiting for the governor to leave the seat before prosecuting him.
For now, the governor is covered by immunity and this does not mean that the commission has swept the double registration scam under the carpet. As soon as he seizes to be governor, prosecution begins,” INEC commissioner said.
Recalled that the governor was alleged to have done the first registration at Wuse Zone 11 in Abuja, on January 30, 2011.
However, INEC had issued a temporary card to the governor on February 26 to allow him to be voted for and also have the right to vote.
Apam said that the INEC would not deny the governor the right to a vote but it would go ahead to prosecute him after his tenure in office.
One of the INEC officers who was involved in the double registration saga of Bello had since been retired by the commission after a thorough investigation.