INEC withdraws Sinikiem, Controversial Edo REC Amidst Forgery Allegations

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The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has withdrawn its controversial Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr. Johnson Alalibo Sinikiem from Edo State. This development was made known yesterday, August 16, 2022, by the Commission.

The Electoral body has also appointed Mr. Cyril Omorogbe as its Resident Electoral Commissioner in Akwa Ibom State, following the retirement of Mr. Nyesom Mike Igini.

According to a statement issued by INEC spokesperson, Festus Okoye, yesterday, Omoregbe, the former INEC REC in Cross River State, will now lead Akwa Ibom into the next elecrions.

The commission also used the opportunity to post Johnson Sinikiem from Edo to Cross River with immediate effect. A dependable source in INEC national office told Midwest Herald that, the Commission needed to preserve its integrity amongst electorate in Edo State.

Mr. Sinikiem was recently invited by the police in Edo State to defend himself against allegations of “forgery and corruption” that was levelled against him by the People’s Democratic Party, PDP in Edo State. The petition was signed by the Chairman, Dr. Tony Aziegbemi.

The issues were related to the conducted party Congresses and Primary Election. The All Progressives Congress, APC had also accused Sinikiem of similar misdemeanor to through a petition by an aggrieved aspirant, Prince Lucky Igbinedion.

His accusations were contained in a petition titled: “An Appeal to Arrest, Investigate and Prosecute Mr. Johnson Alalibo Sinikiem for Forgery of INEC Report and Attaching a Forged Report in Favour of one Osamwonyi Atu in Breach of Section 463; 464 and 465 of the Crimin Code.” Midwest Herald exclusively reported that the petition was received and treated by the Edo State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Abutu Yaro.

We also reported the fear amongst politicians in Edo State, that the outcomes of the 2023 general elections may be subverted by Sinikiem if he remained in his seat as Edo REC.

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