Osun - The Osun State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Rufus Akeju, has not been sacked from the organization but has requested leave of absence to ensure credible polls in August, the electoral body said.
It said the leave of absence would also ensure his safety amid a myriad of allegations leveled against him by some parties ahead of the governorship poll scheduled for August 9.
According to statement by Kayode Robert Idowu Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman the Resident the REC has not been removed or redeployed as widely reported in the media on Thurdsya.
“The REC was requested by the Commission to step aside against the backdrop of intense partisan acrimony over his person. He acceded to the request, knowing the effort being invested by INEC to make the Osun governorship election free, fair and credible. He has not been indicted for any offence, and the appeal by INEC for a stay of execution of the interlocutory order restraining the Commission from recognising him as Osun REC still subsist,” Idowu said.
He added that Akeju remained INEC’s substantive Resident Electoral Commissioner for Osun State but another Resident Electoral Commissioner will hold fort for the period that Akeju will be away on his leave of absence.
“The Commission hereby reaffirms commitment to spare no effort in ensuring that the upcoming Osun State governorship election is successful, and that it meets the best possible standard of credibility. It urges all other stakeholders to join in this commitment,” Idowu added.
– CAJ News
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