By Ibrahim Sulaiman
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has cancelled the double voter registration of Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello.
In violation to the commission’s law, Mr Bello was registered in his office by some INEC officials in the state.
A group, Kogi For Change, had raised alarm in a statement by its chairman, Omeiza Yakubu, threatening that it would take legal action.
In a statement by INEC’s national commissioner in charge of information committee, Solomon Soyebi, the commission said the governor’s “double registration and doing so outside INEC’s designated centers” was illegal.
“It has come to the attention of The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, registered as a voter for the second time on Tuesday May 23, 2017 in Government House, Lokoja, the state capital. His first registration was on 30th January, 2011, in Wuse Zone 4, Abuja,” said the statement.
The commission therefore dissociates itself with the governor’s action, saying no INEC staff was authorized to re-register voter or do it in non-designated areas.
Statement promises to deal with INEC staff who contravened electoral laws to register the governor, saying it had voided the registration.
By this development, the governor may have to leave Kogi for Abuja to vote for other candidates on election day.