The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has ordered the Sokoto State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Dr Nura Ali, to stay away from the commission until further notice.
INEC gave the directive via a letter addressed to the Sokoto State office of the commission on Monday.
The electoral umpire, in a letter signed by its secretary, Rose Oriaran-Anthony, directed the Administrative Secretary in Sokoto State, Hauwa Aliyu Kangiwa, to take full charge of the commission in the state with immediate effect.
“The administrative secretary is directed to take full charge of INEC, Sokoto State office with immediate effect,” the letter read.
INEC also ordered Hauwa to take full responsibility of all administrative and election in the state pending when the commission directs otherwise.
This is coming barely four days to the governorship and House of Assembly elections across the country.
Politicos gathered that the REC has been accused of altering election results to favour the ruling party in the state at the last minute when it was evident the party was losing.
INEC recently vowed to punish its officials for negligence in the February 25, 2023, presidential and National Assembly elections.
The chairman of the commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, who made the vow during a meeting with the commission’s RECs in Abuja on Saturday, said the officials, including Collation and Returning Officers, found wanting in the just concluded elections will not be involved in the forthcoming governorship and House of Assembly elections.
“All staff found to be negligent, whether they are regular or ad hoc officials, including Collation and Returning Officers, must not be involved in forthcoming elections.
“RECs must also immediately initiate disciplinary action where prima facie evidence of wrongdoing has been established,” Yakubu had said.