The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has refuted reports claiming it is investigating the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Bola Tinubu.
A document with INEC’s letterhead which claimed that the commission was investigating a 1993 case in the United States involving Tinubu forfeiting some money to the US government, had surfaced, on Friday, on social media platforms.
INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye has, however, in a statement advised the public to disregard such information.
“A press release purported to have been issued by the Commission has been trending online since yesterday Friday 11th November 2022,” the statement reads.
“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 a 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.”