We Won't Take Orders From Anybody - INEC Replies APC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (APC) has insisted that it would not remove its Resident Electoral Commissioner in Rivers State, Obo Effanga, inspite of pressures to do so.

The electoral body warned that it does not take directive from anybody.

INEC’s Director of Voter Education and Publicity, Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, stated this while responding to an enquiry from The Punch on Monday.

Among other demands, the spokesman for the APC, Lanre Issa-Onilu, had in a statement on Sunday said the redeployment of INEC's Effanga became necessary to prevent him from skewing the forthcoming supplementary elections in favour of the PDP. But APC has no candidate in Rivers.

He had alleged that Governor Nyesom Wike, through Effanga, engaged the PDP card-carrying members as local government area collation officers in the last poll and was capable of repeating same in forthcoming elections.

But INEC's Osaze-Uzzi said it was their prerogative to move resident electoral commissioners.

He said, “We have been hearing that for a long time, it is not new. Did we change the REC in Akwa Ibom? The prerogative of moving RECs is that of the commission. INEC doesn’t take directive from anybody. If the commission sees the need to move anybody, at the appropriate time, it will do that and if there is no need, it will keep them where they are.

“It is the complete prerogative of the commission; if and when the need arises, we will make the necessary adjustments. So, we don’t take dictation or pleas from external groups, more so principal players in the game.”

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