Ahead of the forthcoming governorship and State Houses of Assembly elections in the country, the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), has cleared the air on the allegations that it has appointed a partisan politician to serve as head of its ICT department in Lagos.
Recall that Chief Olabode George, a former deputy national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) had on Sunday insisted that INEC boss, Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu, must remove the Commission’s Director of ICT, Femi Odubiyi, whom he alleged is an Ally of President-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
The elder statesman had demanded explaination to how Odubiyi, a former commissioner for Science and Technology in Lagos State, became the Head of ICT in INEC.
However, INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, in a statement on Tuesday, said Odubiyi was abd has never been a staff of INEC.
“To set the record straight, the name ‘Femi Odubiyi’ does not even exist within our ICT Department at the INEC headquarters in Abuja or any State office of the Commission”, the Commission said.
Okoye explained that INEC’s ICT staff were career officers and had never held any political appointment in any State.
He said “Nothing can be further from the truth” regarding the claim of the PDP chieftain who is also a fierce critic of Tinubu.
“To set the record straight, the name “Femi Odubiyi” does not even exist within our ICT Department at the INEC headquarters in Abuja or any State office of the Commission.”
It added that its ICT staff are career officers of the Commission. No one has held any political appointment in any state of the federation.
Okoye advised the public to “please disregard such false information”.