By ADEBIYI ADEDAPO, Abuja
Chairman of the House of Representatives committee on Customs and deputy governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2015 gubernatorial election in Kogi state, James Abiodun Faleke Tuesday advised Kogi state Governor Yahaya Bello against dragging President Muhammadu Buhari into his double voter registration saga with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Faleke in a statement noted that the governor’s decision to register with the electoral commission multiple times was not only shameful but is an attitude that is opposite to the principles that the president stands for.
He however advised Bello to stop dragging the name of the president in the mud and deal with his decision to embark on double registration.
“Yahaya Bello should stop using the president’s name to commit illegality. I make bold to tell the governor that he has disgraced the good people of Kogi with his criminal act of double registration.
“I can confirm that Governor Bello did his first registration in Abuja on January 30, 2011, while he did the second illegal registration on May 22, 2017 at Government House, Lokoja.
“I challenge him to go to court on this. It is an incontrovertible fact. The governor ought to have known that for a body like INEC to come up with such a decision, it must have gotten its facts right.
“After the registration, the governor’s camp in wild celebration to prove that the governor had succeeded in registering in Kogi state at last, went to town with pictures of the registration process backed by a press release signed by the Director – General of his media team, Kingsley Fanwo explaining why the governor had to re-register in Kogi.
“It is very unfortunate that the Governor even went ahead to induce some INEC staff to remove the hard-drive from the computer used in committing the illegal registration in order to hide his criminal intensions. I have my facts and I also challenge him to go to court on this,” he added.