Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello
Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC says the Governor of Kogi State, Mr Yahaya Bello, registered twice as a voter in Nigeria, an action the electoral umpire says is illegal.

INEC in a statement signed by its National Commissioner and Chairman of Information and Voter Education Committee, Mr Solomon Soyebi, said Governor Bello first registered on January 20, 2011 in Wuse Zone-4, Abuja and then registered for a second time on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at the Government House in Lokoja, the capital of Kogi State.

The electoral umpire dissociated itself from the governor’s action, which it described as double registration and registering outside INEC designated centre.

INEC went further to say that it did not authorise any of its staff to re-register the governor and outside a designated voter registration centre.

It promised to take disciplinary action against the INEC official involved.

INEC, however, said it is handicapped in prosecuting Governor Bello as he is protected by law while in office, but has cancelled the governor’s second registration.

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