The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has debunked claims made by former Deputy National Chairman of the PDP, Bode George that the electoral body appointed Odubiyi to its payroll.
Bode George, former deputy chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had alleged that the former commissioner is the new head of ICT at INEC.
In a statement on Tuesday, the Chairman of INEC’s Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, said the claim by the PDP chieftain is false, adding that INEC staff were non-partisan and have not occupied any political position in the past.
“Nothing can be farther from the truth,” Okoye said. “To set the record straight, the name ‘Femi Odubiyi’ does not even exist within our ICT Department at the INEC headquarters in Abuja or any state office of the Commission.”
According to Okoye, ICT staff members were career officers of the Commission, adding “none has held any political appointment in any state of the Federation.”
This is coming following the claim of a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Bode George, that the former commissioner was made INEC’s ICT head.
In a statement on Sunday, the former Deputy National Chairman of the PDP said the INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, must remove Odubiyi as the Commission’s ICT head because of his closeness to the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress and President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
He said the first thing Yakubu must do was to explain to Nigerians how the former Commissioner for Science and Technology in Lagos State allegedly found his way into INEC as head of ICT, “a critical department before, during and after elections.”