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 Monday insisted that INEC boss, Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu, must remove the Commission’s Director of ICT, Mr. Femi Odubiyi, arguing that he is partisan.
The elder statesman, posited that the electoral body should explain to Nigerians, how Odubiyi, a former commissioner for Science and Technology in Lagos State, became the Head of its ICT in the state.
However, INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, via a statement signed and released by him debunked the allegation, dismissing it as untrue
“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 called on the general public to disregard the report.