The nomination of a former commissioner of Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission, Mutiu Agboke as Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has thrown up a fight between different unions, and pressure groups in the state.
The Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) chapters of Ogun State have challenged a faction of the state Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), for asking the Senate to disqualify Agboke’s nomination.
IPAC, led by Abayomi Arabambi, had in a petition to the Senate President Bukola Saraki, accused Agboke of being a card-carrying member of the All Progressives Congress and that he contested the last conducted local government and local council development area elections in Ogun State.
However, countering IPAC in a joint statement, the state chairmen of the CDHR and TUC, Yinka Folarin and Bunmi Fajobi respectively, dubbed IPAC’s petition as baseless and lacking evidence.
They challenged IPAC to prove its allegation with membership identification card and any other document confirming that Agboke is a member of the APC.
They said IPAC claims are “rather misleading, destructive, inconsistent and grossly mischievous” and therefore called on the leadership of the National Assembly to dismiss the petition.
They said, “We, therefore, jointly reiterate our uncompromising confidence in him as we have no doubts he will deliver on his national call, much we appreciate President Muhammadu Buhari for discovering and making the right choice.”