The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has denied allegation of complicity in the alleged cover-up for the All Progressives Council (APC) presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, over his certificate saga.
INEC noted that the election commission does not have the constitutional powers to disqualify any candidate sent to it by the political parties.
INEC, while responding to the allegation raised by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that the electoral commission is covering up for Buhari over the certificate issue told the ruling party to go to court if it feels so aggrieved.
The Director of Media and Publicity of PDP Presidential Campaigns, Chief Femi Fani Kayode, had on Saturday accused INEC of covering up Buhari over his failure to submit his certificate and credentials.
He said “INEC erred in law by publishing the name of a candidate without receiving the personal particulars of the candidate within seven days of receiving his nomination forms as indicated in section 31(3).”
Reacting to this, the Director of Voters Education and Publicity in INEC, Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi faulted the position of PDP on the allegations it leveled against INEC, noting that INEC has no constitutional powers to disqualify any candidate presented to it by the political parties.
He said “In line with section 31 of the Electoral Act, the commission has no powers to disqualify any candidate whose name was submitted to INEC. This is the power of the law and it is expected that a political party in the calibre of the PDP should know this aspect of the provision of the law.
“If the PDP is strong on this matter, it knows what to do. Take him to court and that is the only option.