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Buhari has no power to deal with Adamawa REC – Presidency

THE Federal Government has clearly stated that the responsibility of dealing with infractions of the Adamawa State Residential Electoral Commissioner (REC), Hudu Yunusa Ari, rests solely with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

This is coming after Ari’s recent suspension over hia controversial announcement of the supplementary governorship election results in Adamawa while collation was still ongoing.

Among other things, INEC said it would “request the Secretary to the Government of the Federation to draw the attention of the appointing authority to the unwholesome behaviour of the REC for further action.”

However, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, in an interactive session with State House Correspondents, said he was not aware that a petition had been written to the President on the need to take action against Ari.

The Minister, speaking after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting which was chaired by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, insisted that Ari was an employee of INEC and therefore should be their responsibility.

The minister maintained that the non-reaction from the government was because the President “has never intervened in the way INEC conducts its elections” and consequently does not micromanage any institution of government.

Speaking on his reason for accusing the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, of committing treason, Mohammed stated that if his running mate had allegedly called for insurrection and he did not react, he was “equally guilty as charged”.

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