Drama as INEC Commissioner nominee tells Senate “I am an active APC member” during screening

– A nominee for a job at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Raheem Muideen Olalekan, claims to be a member of the All Progessives Congress (APC)

– Olalekan’s screening was put on hold after the Senate discovered a petition against him

– The Senate committee fixes a new date after Olalekan’s inability to provide convincing responses to questions

There was drama on Tusday, November 5 at the National Assembly as a nominee for the position of Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) described himself as a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He continued to stress that he was loyal to the party even when the committee members made efforts to explain the questions to him.

It was learnt that apart from the controversy, the nominee also had a petition from one Oyebade Adebisi Abideen against him with allegations he found difficult to conveniently answer.

The petitioner had claimed that the nominee had open support for a political party as against the condition for being a REC.

The Senate, according to the report, therefore, decided to end the screening and ask the nominee to return on a fixed date for further screening.

Vanguard reports that Raheem Muideen Olalekan told the senators screening him that he is a member of the ruling party.

Earlier, the Senate also approved the confirmation of Justice Benedict Bakwaph Kanyip as the president of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria.

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Speaking before the Senate committee on INEC, the 46-year-old Olalekan reportedly told the legislators: “I am a member of APC. I am a member of APC and I contested for local government chairmanship in 2013.”

The Senate president, Ahmed Lawan, who announced the confirmation on Tuesday, October 5, wished Justice Benedict the best of luck throughout his tenure at the industrial court.

 

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