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Oyo REC Akeju, An ‘Ebola Virus’ In INEC, Says Rights Group

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  • Plans seven-day mass protest for his removal

A human rights group in Nigeria, the Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice (CHRSJ) has strongly condemned the redeployment of Osun State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) to Oyo State ahead of the 2015 general election by the Professor Attairu Jega led-Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), describing Akeju as an ‘Ebola Virus’ in the electoral body that must be jointly stamped out of the body.

The group also concluded arrangement to team up with other stakeholders in Oyo State to stage a seven-day marathon mass protest and rallies across the state for onward redeployment of Ambassador Akeju back to the national headquarters of the Commission till the expiration of his tenure in June 2015, urging the lovers of free and fair elections in a democracy and progressive minded people of Oyo State to support the crusade against Akeju.

The Executive Chairman of the Centre, Comrade Adeniyi Alimi Sulaiman in a signed statement made available to newsmen in Lagos Tuesday before the members of the group left Lagos to Ibadan, the Oyo State capital for an emergence meeting of the group with its members in Oyo over their mass protest, called on Professor Jega to rescind his decision over the issue without further delay.

It would be recalled that the INEC had announced the redeployment of the 37 RECs in the 36 states of the federation and Abuja in a letter marked INEC/ SEC/402/VOLIII/312 signed by the Secretary of the

Commission, Mrs Augusta C. Ogakwu recently and directed all RECs to conclude all handing and tak­ing over formalities by Wednesday 31st of December, 2014 and the redeployment of Ambassador Akeju has been greeted by an uproar in Oyo since the news of Akeju’s redeployment filtered to the state few days ago.


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