Voter's Card Scandal: APC Asks Yahaya Bello To Resign
Leaders of the party also threatened to mobilise the state’s House of Assembly for the governor’s impeachment if the governor fails to resign.
The Independent National Electoral Commission has accused Bello of registering twice for a voters' card in a breach of the provisions of the Electoral Act.
At a press conference in Abuja on Friday, the Chairman of the APC faction in Kogi, Hadi Ameto; and lawmaker representing Kogi-West Senatorial District, Senator Dino Melaye, strongly condemned the governor for the alleged act.
Ameto and Melaye were accompanied by Senator Mohammed Ohiare, Senator Abdulrahman Abubakar, Senator Dangana Ocheja; former members of the House of Representatives, Tom Zakari, Ismaila Hussaini and Duro Meseko, among others.
Melaye described the conference as “individual and collective reaction” to INEC’s announcement.
He said, “Yesterday, INEC made an official press release to say that Governor Yaya Bello of Kogi State registered in 2011 for his voter card in Wuse Zone 4 (Abuja) and on Tuesday, he did a second registration in the Government House in Lokoja (Kogi).
“INEC said this contravened the provisions of the Electoral Act and Governor Yaya Bello has committed a crime.
“INEC also said that the Government House in Lokoja was not a designated registration centre, meaning that either through corruption, cohesion or diabolical means, the governor must have taken INEC (officials) to the government house to do the ‘bojuboju’ registration inside his office.
“This criminal behaviour of the governor has embarrassed the people of Kogi State and the APC. We dissociate ourselves from this criminal behaviour. Kogi people are responsible people and we are expected to have a responsible governor".
Meanwhile, there are indications that INEC will embark on a massive shake-up in its Kogi State office following Bello’s alleged double registration.
It was learnt that some top aides to the governor may also be sanctioned for allegedly misleading the governor to re-register.