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2023: Bawa never advised INEC not to sell forms to ‘corrupt politicians’ – EFCC

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Rayyan Alhassan
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Rayyan Alhassan is a 30-year-old graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or www.facebook.com/RayyanAlhassan, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Monday denied report quoting its Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa, as advising the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, not to sell form to anyone that has a case with the commission, for 2023 general elections.

 In a statement on its Facebook handle, the EFCC described the report as false, stressing that Mr Bawa never made any pronouncement remotely related to election since he was appointed.

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The statement said: “The attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has been drawn to a report currently circulating in the social media, in which the Executive Chairman, Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa, is quoted as having advised the Independent National Electoral Commission, not to sell forms to any aspirant who has a file with the agency, pursuant to the 2023 general election.

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“The Commission wishes to state that the report is false as the Executive Chairman has neither met with INEC officials nor made any pronouncement remotely related to election since he was appointed.

“All he has said, in his two public outings so far, pertain to issues concerning his vision for the EFCC and the outlook for the fight against corruption in Nigeria.

“Qualifications for elective political offices in Nigeria are clearly stated in the 1999 Constitution and relevant sections of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).

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“It is not the place of the EFCC chairman to determine who runs for an office or otherwise.

“Members of the public are therefore enjoined to consider this report as another classic case of fake news and discountenance it.”

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