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DOUBLE REGISTRATION: Gov Bello in the eye of the storm, as Faleke, PDP demand his resignation



Following the indictment of Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello by a panel of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) investigating him for double registration, calls demanding his resignation has continued to flood the media space.

Among those calling for his resignation are a former deputy governorship candidate in the November 2015 election in the State, James Faleke, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Senator Dino Melaye.

In his response, Faleke advised Bello to resign, describing the development as a shame to Kogi State.

While he commended INEC for being firm in the matter, he however sympathized with the families of the three INEC staff that lost their job as a result of Governor Bello’s action which he said was in the history of Nigeria, the first time the illegality by a governor is affecting an ordinary citizen.

PDP in their reaction through a statement by the state publicity secretary, Bode Ogunmola said, “Double registration is an offence under our laws and we are happy that INEC is doing the needful now. The governor doesn’t know the law and unfortunately, he has surrounded himself with an amateur. If not, his Attorney General should have been able to advise him that double registration is an offence.”

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Senator Melaye who also frowned at the development called on the governor to resign without any further delay. He bemoaned the fate of the three INEC staff who were sacked by the commission following the development.

INEC had on Thursday approved the immediate sack of two of its officials and the compulsory retirement of another electoral official for allegedly registering governor Bello twice.

The commission said it could not take any action against Bello as he still enjoys immunity by virtue of Section 308 of the 1999 Constitution.


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