The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has denied the allegation by Mr. Jimoh Ibrahim, that one of its staff asked for $1 million bribe.
Ibrahim is the Ondo state governorship candidate of the Alhaji Alli Modu Sheriff’s faction of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
He had alleged that the Commission’s Acting Director, Legal Services, Mrs. Toyin Babalola, demanded for the bribe from him.
The contentious candidate also alleged that the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of Ondo, Mr. Olusegun Agbaje, requested to hold a meeting with him in London.
He also alleged that the bribe was demanded so that INEC would comply with the judgment of Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja Division which upheld his candidature.
The Commission described Jimoh’s allegations as false and assured Nigerians of its adherence to the rule of law.
The Commission’s Chairman on Information and Voter Education Committee (IVEC), Mr. Adedeji Soyebi, frowned at various reports credited to Jimoh.
Soyebi explained that preliminary investigation indicated that “ Jimoh turned up at the INEC Headquarters, Abuja unannounced, made his way to Mrs. Babalola’s office, brandished a copy of the court document and insisted that INEC should accept him as the official candidate of the PDP for the Ondo governorship poll”.
“On sighting the unexpected guest, Babalola called three other lawyers in her department to witness her encounter with Mr. Ibrahim and politely told him that the Commission was already in possession of the court document.
“At no time during the encounter that lasted less than 15 minutes did Mrs. Babalola ask him for $1 million dollars. Therefore the allegation by Mr. Ibrahim is false.”
On the second allegation, the Commission disclosed that contrary to his claims, “it was Mr. Ibrahim who through an intermediary, tried to arrange a meeting with Ondo state REC in London.
The Commission assured Nigerians that it would never succumb to any form of blackmail or intimidation, but that it would remain focused on its determination to deliver, free, transparent and credible elections based on the rule of law.