Osun Election: INEC orders Electoral Commissioner to proceed on leave

Former INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega

The Commission restated its commitment to achieve credible poll in the south west state in August

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has ordered its Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, in Osun State, Rufus Akeju, to proceed on annual leave.

The Commission, in a statement on Thursday explained that the REC had not been removed from office, but merely went on the leave to ensure his safety.

It also explained that it was part of his contribution towards ensuring the credibility of the August 9 governorship election in the state.

Some opposition parties in Osun States had been canvassing for the removal of Mr. Akeju, a former ambassador, from office ahead of the poll.

Some of the parties alleged that the REC was a personal aide to a national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, and former Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu.

At a meeting between INEC and all the registered political parties in the state in preparation for the governorship poll, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Democratic Party Peoples Party, DPP, and the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, staged a walk-out demanding Mr. Akeju’s removal.

However, other parties, including the National Conscience Party, NCP, African Democratic Congress, ADC, Progressives Peoples Alliance, PPA, United Peoples Party, UPP, United Democratic Party, UDP, Citizens Democratic Party, CDP, African Peoples Alliance, APA, New Nigerian Peoples Party, NNPP, and the APC kicked against the demand.

The INEC Chairman, Attahiru Jega, who attended the meeting, also asked the parties to substantiate their claim with fact and evidence, insisting that the Commission would not remove any of its officials until any allegation against them was proved.

“The REC was requested by the Commission to step aside against the backdrop of intense partisan acrimony over his person. He acceded to the request, knowing the effort being invested by INEC to make the Osun governorship election free, fair and credible,” the statement by
Kayode Idowu, media aide to the INEC Chairman, stated.

“He has not been indicted for any offence and the appeal by INEC for a stay of execution of the interlocutory order restraining the Commission from recognising him as Osun REC still subsists.

“For avoidance of doubt, Ambassador Rufus Akeju remains INEC’s substantive Resident Electoral Commissioner for Osun State. But another Resident Electoral Commissioner will hold fort for the period that Akeju will be away on his leave of absence.”

The Commission reaffirmed its commitment to spare no effort in ensuring that the upcoming Osun State election was successful “and that it meets the best possible standard of credibility.”

It urged all the parties and individuals to join in this commitment.


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  • John green

    Whatever evil plans that PDP is having this time shall not stand, it will be a flimsy mirage ni. That was what they did in ekiti and those are the wicked works of jonathan. How can two parties whom are not contented with akeju speaks louder than almost 10 parties who are in support. It’s either something is wrong or some powerful forces from above is stepping on the matter to make life/election easy for their own party. But the people of osun state are different and will never allow the power from the centre to control them. They will resist all form of power of abuse and intimidation..

    • Garba Shehu

      Next month we will know.

  • Femi Odere

    The stage for another seamless rigging is being set in Osun before the election.

  • Kaizen_Darl

    This is their (PDP) ploy to go and re strategies in order to rig election again. it will not work

  • Kaizen_Darl

    These minor parties should not sell their rights to PDP and allow them to be used to harass meaniful and hard working electorate employees< hindering them from doing their work

  • ABDULGHANY

    Why must u give him a compulsory leave? so as to danbaru everything before his return? INEC is part of the problem in Nigeria election. Shame to JEGA

  • Goodness

    If any party is not comfortable with the man he should step aside. No party opposed Ekiti REC or accused him of any misdeeds and the election was properly handled.