Ahead of the Kogi State2019 governorship primaries, the APC Justice Forum/Buhari Support groups in the Statehas called on the All Progressives Congress (APC) to disqualify Governor YahayaBello over alleged double registration of permanent voters cards.
In a statement signed andmade available to journalists in Abuja on Wednesday by the Forum’s Director ofMedia and Publicity, Mr. Atekojo Samson Usman, the group said, the essence ofscreening was to ensure that the party does not field a candidate that would bea subject of litigation.
It said, the allegation ofdouble registration by Kogi State Governor late last year, which became anembarrassment to the party should not be allowed as the governor would befacing prosecution immediately he stepped down from the office.
The group pointed out thatthe offence of double registration of PVCs which Yahaya Bello committed”attracts a one-year prison term or a fine of N100,000 or both uponconviction.”
It reminded the party that, “the Independent NationalElectoral Commission, which had sacked three of its officials for registeringthe governor twice last year, had said it could not take any action against thegovernor because he had immunity.”
The statement explainedthat APC’s anti-corruption fight has endeared the party to Nigerians in thelast five years, hence, scaling Bello in the obvious double registrationscandal which some persons have been punished would amount to hypocrisy andselective justice by the ruling party.
“It’s in the publicdomain that the governor who is also an aspirant in the forthcoming electionsin Kogi State was involved in double registration scam. Some persons who were found culpable have been punished, so,what happens to the accused?”
“Yahaya Bello shouldbe disqualified during screening based on that. Ifhe is allowed during the screening, then, something is wrong with theanti-corruption fight which is the slogan of APC and Nigerians are watching,” JusticeForum maintained.