Kogi governor dismisses INEC’s claim that he registered as voter twice

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state has dismissed allegation by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that he registered twice as a voter.

INEC last May 25 said the governor first registered as a voter in Abuja in January 2011, and later on May 23, 2017 at the Government House in Lokoja.

The governor answering question from the State House correspondents after attending the Jumat prayers at the Aso Rock Mosque, said that his ghost must have been registered twice by INEC .

The governor who insisted he registered only once as a voter asks the electoral body not to allow some of its staff to damage its reputation.

He said, “I travelled on the 19th (May) to Dubai for a brief break and I saw the press release and I was taken aback that I did double registration on 23rd (May). Probably it is my ghost that has done the double registration.

“I think INEC has earned itself a very high reputation and I think and I am very confident that the leadership of INEC will not allow some elements in the commission to drag its name through the mud.

“Surely that allegation was a falsehood. I did not do double registration of permanent voters card.”

Some of the governor’s political opponents, including Senator Dino Melaye had asked him to resign.


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