A civil society organisation (CSO), Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders (CACOL), has lauded the decision of the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) to
bar some of its electoral officials under investigation by the anti-graft agencies over alleged corrupt practices, from partaking in the oncoming gubernatorial
elections in Ondo and Edo states.
The anti-graft agencies are currently investigating some Resident Electoral Commissioners and other INEC staff for allegedly receiving bribes running into
several millions of naira during the 2015 general elections.
Some of the indicted officials have started to refund their share of the loot while properties traced to some of them, have been confiscated, pending the
conclusion of investigations.
With the governorship elections in Ondo and Edo States around the corner, the leadership of the electoral body took the step to bar some of its officials
undergoing under probe from supervising the polls.
CACOL, in a statement made available to newsmen by its Executive Chairman, Debo Adeniran, on Thursday, described the step taken by INEC as bold and quite
necessary as the country battles corruption on all fronts.
He said “the step is certainly one of the required steps in the efforts to curb political corruption in the country. It is part of the cravings of majority
of Nigerians and it represents one of the yields of the anti-corruption drive”.
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