The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has reacted to the allegation that the commission was reluctant to issue a certificate of return to Osun State Governor-elect, Senator Ademola Adeleke.
Popular singer, David Adeleke, aka Davido, had made the allegation in a post on his Twitter page, on Tuesday.
The singer, who is the nephew of the governor-elect, asked why INEC had not presented his uncle with certificate of return, 48 hours after the election.
Adeleke, who contested the July 16 election on the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), polled 403,371 votes to defeat the incumbent governor, Gboyega Oyetola, of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who scored 375,027 votes and 13 other candidates.
Apparently afraid that INEC could subvert the will of the people, Davido wrote: “48hrs after our @AAdeleke_01 victory at the Osun Gubernatorial elections, we are yet to receive our certificate.
@inecnigeria should we send you fuel money? LOL
“Please no one should tamper with the will of the Osun People!
“Issue the certificate as required by Law!”
Reacting, the commission, without specifically mentioning the singer’s name, urged those questioning its will to do the needful on the Osun State governorship election to get familiar with the Electoral Act 2022.
INEC spokesperson, Festus Okoye, in a statement explained that the commission has a window of 14 days to present certificate of return to the winner, adding that it has no intention of going against that.
“Those that intervene and play roles in the electoral process should try to have basic knowledge of the constitutive legal instruments that guide and regulate the conduct of elections.
“The Commission is a public trust and a creation of the Constitution and the law and must be seen to respond to public demands for transparency and openness.
“The Commission will continue to uphold the basic tenets of transparency, openness and inclusivity in the conduct of elections and the delivery of electoral services.
“The Commission is not a political party and will not be swayed by partisan political interests. Section 72 of the Electoral Act 2022 provides that a sealed certificate of return at an election in the prescribed form shall be issued within 14 days to every candidate who has been returned by the Returning Officer in an election under the Act,” he said.
Okoye further explained that many of the commission’s staff who participated in the process and the Supervising National Commissioner whose responsibility it is to present the Certificate of Return are still in Osun waiting for the arrival of the certificate.