The Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari prosecute the Katsina State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) who was alleged to have received ₦15M bribe to influence governorship election in the state.
The governor said immediate prosecution of the case will send a good signal to Nigerians, because the corruption happened in the president’s home state.
The governor said it was only when that is done that the President’s fight against corruption can enjoy the needed credibility, adding that; “If nothing is done on a case as clear as that of the INEC REC, Nigerians can as well kiss President Buhari anti-corruption fight goodbye.”
In a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, the governor said it was worrisome that despite that details of the two bank accounts of the REC, which showed that ₦15M was lodged into his accounts few days to the April 11 election, was admitted as evidence by-election tribunal, the REC has not been charged to court.
Fayose said; “It is on record that two bank officials tendered exhibits confirming the payment of ₦15M into the REC’s accounts by the aide of the governor.
“Therefore, in the spirit of President Buhari’s fight against corruption, the REC and the official that paid the bribe into his bank accounts should be charged to court without further delay. This is more so that there are credible evidence(s) lending credence to the fact that the REC actually took bribe to influence the election.
“This is also important so as to further sanitise the electoral system for more credible elections.”