INEC Files Six-Count Charge Against Suspended Adamawa REC
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has filed a six-count charge against the embattled Adamawa State Resident Electoral Commission, Hudu Yunusa Ari.
The Commission filed the charge at the Adamawa State High Court, Yola, after establishing a prima facie case against him.
INEC Spokesperson, Festus Okoye, who made this known on Thursday, stated that as provided by Section 145(1) of the Electoral Act 2022, an offense committed under the Act shall be triable in a Magistrate Court or a High Court of a State in which the offense is committed or the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Furthermore, Section 145(2) of the Act provides that a prosecution under the Act shall be undertaken by legal officers of the Commission or any legal practitioner appointed by it.
“Having reviewed the case file from the Police which established a prima facie case against Barr. Hudu Yunusa Ari, the Commission has filed a six-count charge against him at the Adamawa State High Court sitting in Yola,” he said.
The Court has fixed Wednesday, July 12, 2023, for the commencement of trial.
He added that the Commission is working with the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) for the diligent prosecution of other cases.
Trouble started for Ari when he announced Aisha ‘Binani’ Dahiru of the All-Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the supplementary election in the State on April 15, 2023, while the collation of results was still ongoing.
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