The Senate has begun investigation of the issuance of a new voter card to Governor Yahaya Bello in spite of his alleged unlawful double registration.
The lawmakers at the plenary on Wednesday resolved to mandate the Senate Committee on Independent National Electoral Commission to probe into why the electoral umpire found three of its workers guilty in the registration scandal but chose to issue a new card to Bello.
The move for the probe followed the adoption of a point of order raised by Senator Mohammed Hassan (PDP, Yobe-South).
Hassan said, “There is this situation going round regarding the Governor of Kogi State. It was reported recently in the newspapers that the Governor of Kogi State was involved in double registration in the voter registration exercise. Again, some days or weeks after, INEC held a press conference in which they confirmed getting three members of staff of INEC sacked.
“Now, we are concerned again. It was reported again by the newspapers that he had been issued another voter card from another ward. We are concerned about this and I think it is very important that the Senate Committee on INEC investigates and get to the root of this matter. It is very important.
“It was reported everywhere that he cannot be prosecuted because he has immunity but for the purpose of getting this picture very right, I think the Senate Committee on INEC should investigate this and get this matter right.”
President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, in his remarks, said, “The issue that you’re talking about is one that is important because the stability of our democracy depends on the credibility of our electoral processes. And as such, we must ensure that the processes are always what we can be proud of, especially now that countries all over are looking up to our electoral processes.Punch