In Jigawa, INEC Appoints APC Stalwart As Residential Commissioner

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has appointed Professor Mohammad Lawal Bashar, an ardent member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as a residential commissioner in Jigawa State for the forthcoming 2023 elections.

Jaafar Jaafar, a Kano-born journalist, yesterday, condemned the appointment on Twitter, saying INEC needs non-partisan personalities for free and credible elections.

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According to him, the commission’s decision to employ the political stalwart is against section 4(2a) of the third schedule of the 1999 constitution.

“Prof. Mohammad Lawal, one-time APC governorship aspirant in Sokoto state and former Special Adviser has been screened by the Senate and posted by INEC to Jigawa as Residential Commissioner. Apart from BVAS & IReV, INEC needs apolitical electoral umpires for free and fair elections,” the journalist tweeted.\

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In 2018, Jaafar exposed Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, Kano State Government for a money scandal. He later fled the country as the governor’s loyalists allegedly threatened his life.

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WikkiTimes’ effort to reach INEC through a number provided on its website proved abortive. At press time, a text sent to the number had not been responded to.


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