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Lawyer writes INEC, demands Ekiti Assembly lawmakers certificates

Activist lawyer and rights activ­ist, Morakinyo Ogele, has written to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) demanding the copies of certificates submitted by members of Ekiti State House of Assembly before the last general elections.

Ogele in a letter dated January 11, 2017 a copy of which was made avail­able to The AUTHOR­ITY in Ado-Ekiti on Thursday, said he may be compelled to file a court action against the elec­toral body if the docu­ments demanded are not made available to him within seven days.

The lawyer said he was invoking Section 1 (1) (2) (3) of the Freedom of Information Act 2011 passed by the Fourth As­sembly.

He said the Act al­lows for scrutiny of the lawmakers’ qualification certificates and forms completed and submitted to INEC prior to the 11th April 2015 state assembly election.
The Department of State Service (DSS) is also investigating some Ekiti State Assembly men on alleged certificate forgery and racketeering but the outcome of the probe is yet to be made public by the secret police.

The letter reads in part: “I humbly request for the information of all the current elected members of Ekiti State House of Assembly prior to the last election of the House of Assembly.

“Certified True Copies (CTCs) of all educational certificates submitted to your office by the said members. All completed INEC forms completed and submitted to your office within seven days from first appearance of this letter.

“I am requesting for all these due to the poor performance of elected members of the state House of Assembly. Fail­ure to accede to our re­quests may call for court action.”