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SERAP Sues Tinubu Over Appointment Of APC Member As INEC REC

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The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, (SERAP) has dragged President Bola Tinubu to court following his decision to appoint members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) as Resident Electoral Commissioners of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Making this disclosure in a tweet on Thursday night, SERAP faulted the Nigerian Senate for confirming the appointment of REC nominees that are members of the ruling party.

“We’re suing the Tinubu administration and Nigeria’s Senate over the appointment and confirmation of at least three card-carrying members and loyalists of the ruling APC as Resident Electoral Commissioners for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC),” tweet by SERAP read.

News About Nigeria reports that the development comes hours after the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Akwa Ibom state faulted the appointment of an APC loyalist as the State’s Resident Electoral Commissioner.

President Bola Tinubu is being sued by the PDP in Akwa Ibom State for allegedly designating a member of his All Progressives Congress (APC) as the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC).

Aniekan Akpan, the state PDP’s chairman, and Harrison Ekpo, the secretary, filed the lawsuit, respectively.

Recall that the Senate ratified the appointments of seven of the ten RECs—including Umoren—that the President had forwarded to it on Tuesday.

However, the Senate’s decision to approve the nomination of three members of the ruling party as RECs has drawn criticism from stakeholders.

Samson Itodo, the Executive Director of YIAGA Africa, protested the selection, claiming certain RECs had political ties to the ruling party.

 

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