Agoro takes INEC, 3 parties to court for alleged corruption

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PIC.19. From left: National commissioner, Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), Prince Solomon Adedeji; chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu; and another national commissioner, Prof. Antonia Okoosi-Simbine, during the INEC’s presentation of certificate of registration to five new political parties, in Abuja on Friday (16/6/17). 03311/16/6/2017/Hogan-Bassey/ BJO/NAN

Former presidential candidate of the National Action Council (NAC) Dr. Olapade Agoro has challenged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and three other political parties to court over alleged corruption.

Three other defendants involved in the suit are: All Progressives Congress (APC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and the Social Democratic Party (SDP).

Agoro in suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/782/18 held at the Federal High Court, Abuja, demanded deregistration of the three political parties involved in the scandal and explanation of their involvement in alleged N100million received from National Security Adviser to former president Goodluck Jonathan, Colonel Sumbo Dasuki.

He also demanded explanation from the INEC on 205 suspended personnel of the commission for allegedly receiving part of the N23billion allegedly disbursed by the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alinson-Madueke, ahead of 2015 general elections which was recently exposed by a national Commisioner of the commission in charge of information and voters education committee, Malam Mohammed Haruna.

Agoro who spoke at a press conference in Ibadan on Monday said he was ready to fight the battle of the corruption in Nigeria to a logical conclusion, adding that Nigerians must not keep quiet on the allegations leveled against the leaders.

He noted that he resolved to take a legal step against INEC because it is the only umpire in charge of the electoral process in Nigeria.

He disagreed with President Muhammadu Buhari’s fight against corruption, saying he was also part of the corrupt leaders.

“Buhari didn’t tell us how much he spent when he went to England on medical trip and how he paid for it. The finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun was alleged of fake NYSC exception letter and Buhari did not talk. How can such a person tell us that he is incorruptible? Nigeria cannot get better if we all fold our arms,” he said.

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