Categories: Politics

Some REC Nominees Are APC Members, Says Dino Melaye

The former lawmaker representing Kogi West senatorial district, Dino Melaye, spoke in Abuja during a Citizens’ Election Dialogue on the theme, “What makes a good election in Nigeria,” on October 4, 2022. Channels TV/Taiwo Adesina.

 

The former lawmaker representing Kogi West senatorial district, Dino Melaye, on Tuesday, said some persons nominated by President Muhammadu Buhari as Resident Electoral Commissioners are members of the All Progressives Congress (APC)

President Buhari had written to the Senate on July 26, asking the upper chamber to confirm 19 RECs for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Speaking in Abuja during a citizens’ election dialogue on the theme, “What makes a good election in Nigeria,” Melaye accused the President of appointing people he described as partisan into the electoral body. The development, he stated, has made his party – the Peoples Democratic Party – to be disenchanted. The senator, who is also the spokesman of the PDP presidential campaign council, explained that the conduct of INEC can either make or mar the 2023 general elections.

READ ALSO: FG Breaks ASUU’s Rank, Registers Two Academic Unions

“As a party, we made some complaints that some names mentioned as Resident Electoral Commissioners as nominated by Mr President are card-carrying members of the APC,” Melaye said, reiterating the PDP’s worry over the nomination.

“Some of them even participated in open APC activities as nominees for the REC for some states. That is the complaint of my party. If that is rectified, then we must quickly appoint REC because it will boost the confidence of the electorates and show the seriousness of the entire system for the 2023 general elections.”

Noting that election is a process, the PDP chieftain charged INEC to wake up to its responsibilities ahead of next year’s polls.

He stated that Nigerians are worried that of the 36 states, RECs have not been assigned to 19 states despite how crucial their duties can be during elections.

The ex-lawmaker also knocked the current administration for the delay in assigning the nominees to their respective domains.

Ignatius Igwe

Disqus Comments Loading...

Recent Posts

  • Local

Yuletide: FG To Open 2nd Niger Bridge For One Month

  The Federal Government has disclosed that the Second Niger Bridge will only be open to traffic from December 15,…

5 hours ago
  • Local

N-Power: Lawyer Demands D’Banj’s Release, Seeks NASS Probe

  ...Challenges Ministry To Name Officials Involved In Alleged Fund Diversion   Pelumi Olajengbesi, the legal counsel for Oladapo Oyebanji,…

5 hours ago
  • Russia invades Ukraine

Putin Vows More Strikes On Ukraine Energy Infrastructure

  President Vladimir Putin vowed Thursday to keep battering Ukraine's energy grid despite an outcry against the systematic attacks that…

5 hours ago
  • Politics

2023: Chatham House Invites Peter Obi For Election Conversation

  World-leading policy institute and think-tank forum, Chatham House has invited the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter…

6 hours ago
  • Politics

2023: LP Secretary Reveals What Can Stop Obi From Winning

   The National Secretary of the Labour Party (LP), Umar Farouk has said only Nigerians can stop his party’s…

6 hours ago
  • Local

‘Politicians Staging Melodrama’: Rivers Govt Reacts To Attack On Maeba’s Home 

  The Rivers State Government has asked security agencies to unravel what really happened in the reported attack on Senator…

6 hours ago