The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has disclosed it
will institute a criminal case against Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi
State for double registration at the end of his tenure.
INEC National Commissioner and Chairman Voters’ Education and
Information Committee, Festus Okoye, made the disclosure yesterday in
Okoye stated that Bello was currently shielded by the immunity clause, which protects him against any form of prosecution.
He pointed out that the three INEC workers who were indicted in the governor’s double registration have been dismissed.
Okoye said: “The case of double registration against the Kogi State
governor has not been abandoned, but there is nothing the commission can
do now because he is still under immunity. But by the time the immunity
expires, the commission will meet and take a decision on the next line
“We started with our workers who were implicated in the double
registration, first; while we have to wait until the governor ceases to
enjoy immunity, which protects him against prosecution.
“There are various stages involved. You have to investigate,
prosecute and convict or acquit. You cannot just conclude that one is
guilty or innocent without exhausting the entire process. So, when we
get to that bridge, we will cross it.”
DAILY POST had reported that Bello had November 2019, told the
Federal High Court Abuja, that he was ready to defend himself in the allegation of double registration framed against him by Natasha Akpoti of the Social Democratic Party, SDP.