INEC removes Sokoto REC ahead of March 11 polls
By Mukhtar Tijjani
With four days until the governorship and house of assembly elections slated for next Saturday, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has directed the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in charge of Sokoto State, Dr Nura Ali, to stay away from the commission.
Consequently, he has been replaced with the Administrative Secretary of the Commission in the State, Hauwa Aliyu Kangiwa, with immediate effect.
The development is contained in a letter addressed to the Commission’s headquarters in the state and signed by the Secretary to the Commission, Rose Oriaran-Anthony, dated March 6, 2023.
According to the letter with reference number INEC/SCE/442/V.II, “This is to inform you of the commission’s decision for you (Dr Nura Ali), Resident Electoral Commissioner, Sokoto State, to stay away from the commission’s office in Sokoto State immediately until further notice.”
“The administrative secretary is directed to take full charge of INEC’s Sokoto State Office with immediate effect.”
Also, in a separate letter sighted by our correspondent, the commission directed the Administrative Secretary of the commission in the state, Hauwa Aliyu Kangiwa, to take full charge of the commission in the state with immediate effect.
The separate letter, which was signed by the same commission secretary, directed Hauwa to take full responsibility for all issues of administration and election pending when the commission directs otherwise.
The letter further directed her to liaise with the Supervisory National Commissioner, Professor Muhammad Sani Kaita, for further clarifications when necessary.
It could be recalled that INEC had on Saturday announced that all negligent regular and ad hoc staff of the Commission during the February 25 elections will be barred from the forthcoming March 11 elections nationwide.