Following concerns raised in several quarters about the sanctity of Nigerian electoral materials in the wake of the interest of Central Bank of Nigeria’s governor, Godwin Emefiele in partisan politics, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, has disclosed that sensitive electoral materials will in the meantime no longer be routed through the Central bank of Nigeria (CBN).
He also specifically noted that beginning from the Ekiti State Governorship election, INEC will not keep its sensitive materials with the CBN.
According to him, this decision is to guarantee that electoral materials for the lined-up Elections are not compromised
The INEC Chairman stated this while responding to questions in an ongoing dialogue in Abuja.
Several individuals and groups have raised serious concern about the sanctity of Elections materials kept with the CBN, after stories about the CBN governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele, indicating interest to contest for the country’s presidential seat hit the airwaves in recent months.
Recall that Emefiele interest in partisan politics surfaced when a group purchased the N100m All-Progressives Congress Nomination and Expression of Interest Form for him.
Following an outcry that trailed the action, Emefiele stoked the fire further by securing a court order clearing him to participate in the election even while still being at the helms of affairs at CBN.
He was eventually forced to shelve the idea following widespread outcry and condemnation from various quarters who held that his action will be tantamount to a criminal conflict of interest.