INEC not investigating any presidential candidate over criminal forfeiture – Okoye

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BY BENEDICT NWACHUKWU, ABUJA

Uba Group

The Independent National Electoral Commission has disowned the purported press statement on the investigation of criminal forfeiture against one of the Presidential candidates.

The statement from the Commission signed by the National Commissioner
and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye reads:

“A Press Release purported to have been issued by the Commission has been trending online since yesterday Friday 11th November 2022. It claims that the Commission has commenced investigation into a case of criminal forfeiture against one of the Presidential candidates in the forthcoming General Election and is liaising with a Court in the United States of America in pursuit of same to determine possible violation of our guidelines or the Electoral Act 2022.

“We wish to state categorically that the said Press Release did not emanate from the Commission nor is it pursuing the purported course of action. It is the handiwork of mischief makers and utterly fake.

“Press Releases from the Commission are uploaded to the INEC Press Corps platform and simultaneously disseminated through our website and official social media handles.

“The public is advised to ignore the Press Release.”