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INEC Dismisses Bode George’s Allegation That It Appointed Associate Of Tinubu As Head Of ICT



Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has described as untrue, allegation by Chief Bode George that it appointed an associate of President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as Head of it’s ICT Department.

George, a former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had in a statement on Monday made the allegation.

Barr. Festus Okoye, National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee of INEC however said the allegation in baseless.

In a press statement titled ALLEGED APPOINTMENT OF A PARTISAN PERSON AS HEAD OF ICT, Okoye stated that “The attention of the Commission has been drawn to a widely publicised report attributed to a well known Lagos politician Chief Olabode George that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has appointed one Femi Odubiyi, a former Commissioner in Lagos State and an associate of a prominent politician, as its Head of ICT. Nothing can be further from the truth.

“To set the record straight, the name “Femi Odubiyi” does not even exist within our ICT Department at the INEC headquarters in Abuja or any State office of the Commission.

“Our ICT staff are career officers of the Commission. None has held any political appointment in any State of the Federation.

“The public is urged to disregard the story. Its promoter should have been circumspect so as not to be seen as a purveyor of fake news.”

Chief George, had in a press statement personally signed by him on Monday, stated that “Today, millions of Nigerians are disputing the outcome of the February 25 Presidential elections and some candidates are already in court. BVAS and IReV are very critical in the legal process that is going on.

“Nigerians are already asking Prof. Mahmood Yakubu: How did this man, former Commissioner in Lagos State, find his way into INEC, not just any Department but a critical one like ICT?”

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