Osun 2014: Anxiety Increases In Osun As State INEC Official Whereabouts Remain Unknown

INEC Official goes missing in Osun
INEC Official goes missing in Osun
A huge atmosphere of uncertainty surrounds the premises of the headquarters of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in Osogbo, Osun State, over the rumours regarding the whereabouts of the Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC in the state, Ambassador Rufus Akeju.
Since the start of the outgone week, there had been insinuations about him being transferred, though none of the senior officers of the commission could confirm it. But a source close to the commission confided in newsmen that Ambassador Akeju did not show up in office in the outgone week, the source added that he traveled and had not returned.
Ambassador Akeju, who had been a subject of bitter rivalry between political parties in the state, with the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, and some other parties insisting that the call by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and other parties supporting it, for the removal of the REC be jettisoned. His Non-appearance soon turned to insinuations that the REC may have been transferred.
Some political parties led by PDP and APGA had staged a walkout early this year during stakeholders meeting the chairman of INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega, had with representatives of political parties in the state, when their demand for the removal of Akeju was turned down.
There have been protests also by groups in Osogbo demanding for the removal of Akeju over allegation bordering on him being close to some leaders of a particular political party. When contacted, the Public Relation Office, PRO, of the commission in the state, Mrs. Tadese, declined comment on the matter.
Efforts to get across to Mr. Kayode Idowu, Press Secretary to INEC chairman, proved abortive as calls made to his telephone were unsuccessful. Also text messages sent to his cell phone could not be replied as at the time of filing this report.


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