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Alleged information leakage tears INEC apart

By Ben Agande

A  tussles between the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Maurice Iwu,  and one of his national commissioners has polarized employees of the commission with  the national commissioner threatening to expose alleged sleazy deals in the electoral body.  At the heart of the crisis is the allegation by the  leadership of the commission that  classified information was being leaked to the press by one of the commissioners allegedly “for pecuniary interests.”

In a series of stories carried last week by some  newspapers, it was alleged that the unnamed national commissioner took advantage of his “close relationship with the media” to leak sensitive and classified information for pecuniary interests.

But in his reaction to the stories which did not name the commissioner allegedly involved in the act, the national commissioner in charge of the publicity of the commission, Mr  Philip Umeadi Jnr, warned that unless such “unprovoked” attack on his person ceased, he would be left with no option but to give a “comprehensive reaction”.

According to him, though he was not mentioned by name, the publication “was not so discreet in its description leaving nothing to imagination as to its intended target. Me. “Obviously, these people are aware that my position in INEC clearly exposes me to matters and evidence that I can appropriately describe as secret.

I hope I have heard the last from them because as I   very well know, there is no statutory limitation to crime. Whilst I will not engage in mudslinging, for reasons that are pretty much obvious, I can promise, and I so do, a comprehensive reaction if prodded any further”.

Sunday Vanguard gathered that following the publication of the national commissioner’s reaction, there is a growing disquiet in INEC as staffers are divided between the national commissioner and the chairman.


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