The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said, it’s yet to withdraw from the Governorship Election Petition Case in Kano State as was erroneously suggested.
INEC’s National Commissioner & Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Sam Olumekun disclosed the development in a statement on Saturday.
The Commission’s new position was contrary to the letter written by the Legal Officer of its Kano State office indicating that it had withdrawn from the appeal process.
It noted that the letter was not authorised, therefore, has been withdrawn and the officer reprimanded.
The statement read: “the attention of the Commission has been drawn to media reports based on a letter written by the Legal Officer of our Kano State office indicating that the Commission had withdrawn from the appeal process in the ongoing Kano Governorship election petition case.
“We wish to state categorically that the letter was not authorised. It has since been withdrawn and the officer reprimanded.
“The public is therefore advised to discountenance the insinuation that the Commission has withdrawn from the case or even worse abandoned the appeal.
“We wish to state categorically that where litigants join INEC in a case, the Commission is under obligation to respond accordingly. We have therefore instructed our lawyers to proceed in line with extant policy of the Commission. The policy has not changed”, INEC said.