Ogun state chapter of the Inter-Party Advisory Council of Nigeria (IPAC) has asked the Senate not to confirm an Abeokuta-based lawyer, Mr. Mutiu Agboke as the Resident Electoral Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC).
Agboke is one of the 28 nominees whose names was sent by President Muhammadu Buhari last March 21 for confirmation as INEC resident commissioners.
The nominees are now awaiting the result of the committee which screened them.
IPAC’S petition was sent to the office of the Senate President and signed by its state chairman, Alhaji Moshood Adesina and other executive members.
In the petition made available to Rockcity FM, IPAC accused Agboke of being a card carrying member of the ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC) who worked for the party to rig the last October 8 council poll in the state.
IPAC asking the Senate to reject Agboke’s nomination, also alleged that Agboke as a commissioner in the Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission (OGSIEC) excluded the Labour Party(LP) and Peoples Party of Nigeria (PPN) candidates from contesting the councils poll.
Reacting to the allegation, Agboke challenged IPAC to prove his membership of APC, his alleged attendance of its meetings and the serial number of membership card of the party issued to him.
On the alleged exclusion of two of the political parties from contesting the poll, Agboke explaind that a faction of the Labour Party recognized by the party’s national secretariat was allowed to participate in the poll, while PPN failed to submit names of its candidates within the stipulated period, even after extension.