– Against the backdrop of the controversy surrounding the eligibility for Governor Yahaya Bello to occupy Government House, Lokoja, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has given the governor his transferred temporary voters card (TVC) at his hometown of Okene, headquarters of Okene Local Government Area, Kogi State.
The governor, who was in company of Abdurazaq Muhammed, the administrator of Okene local council, arrived at the INEC office in Okene about 11am to collect the TVC which sparked off with fanfare.
This is as INEC said it received application on January 26, 2018 seeking the transfer of Bello’s PVC to his home in Okene, adding that the granting of the approval was in line with electoral guidelines.
In a statement made available to journalists in Lokoja on Monday, Ahmed Biambo, the INEC Head of Education and Publicity, said the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of Kogi approved the transfer of his registration from the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, to Okene in line with the provisions of the law.
Biambo noted that the transfer of the TVC to the governor was without prejudice of any kind, as the commission was mindful of the provision of the Electoral Act and guidelines.
Bello, however, urged those who might have registered elsewhere to follow the procedure to transfer theirs to the state, to enable them fulfil their civic responsibility in the coming general elections.
Governor Bello had registered in Abuja, prior to the 2015 general election. It was learnt that all efforts to transfer the voter’s card to Kogi State before the 2015 general elections had been unsuccessful.
Kingsley Fanwo, director-general, Media and Publicity to the Governor, said his principal had picked the temporary card at INEC office, Okene.
Disclosing that the governor had been on the issue of the transfer for long, he expressed excitement it has finally been done by INEC.
“Yes, his card has been transferred to his polling unit at Okene. He has been on this for long, but thank God INEC has finally done it. The governor is a law-abiding leader who will continue to follow due process,” he said.