The Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) has cautioned that it should not be dragged into criminal allegation against the Presidential Candidate of the All Progressive Congress, (APC) Bola Tinubu.
Social media have been awash in recent weeks that the APC candidate is wanted in the United States for drug related offences, an allegation that has been denied by his Media Team.
INEC, in a statement on Saturday, stated that “A Press Release purported to have been issued by the Commission has been trending online since yesterday Friday 11th November 2022.
Signed by Festus Okoye, chairman information committee, it added that “the statement claims that the Commission has commenced investigation into a case of criminal forfeiture against one of the Presidential candidates in the forthcoming General Election and is liaising with a Court in the United States of America in pursuit of same to determine possible violation of our guidelines or the Electoral Act 2022.
“We wish to state categorically that the said Press Release did not emanate from the Commission nor is it pursuing the purported course of action. It is the handiwork of mischief makers and utterly fake.
“Press Releases from the Commission are uploaded to the INEC Press Corps platform and simultaneously disseminated through our website and official social media handles.
The public is advised to ignore the Press Release.”
Remarkably, the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba Alkali, has a few days, also said Tinubu is not under any Investigation by the Police.