Ebonyi lawmaker kicks against Obioma’s appointment as NECO’s Registra-By Reginald Okoro

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Chief Chinedu Ogah,

Chief Chinedu Ogah, representing Ezza south/Ikwo federal constituency in the House of Representatives , has kicked against the appointment of Prof Godswill Obioma as the new Registrar of National Examination Council(NECO).

President Muhammadu Buhari had announced Obioma, the Ebonyi Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) as new NECO boss after sacking the former registrar for alleged financial impropriety.

But Ogah in a statement issued in Abakaliki on Saturday said Obioma’s appointment was in error.

The federal lawmaker in the statement contended that the Ebonyi REC didn’t deserve the appointment alleging that he worked against Buhari and APC in the 2019 presidential election.

He alleged that the REC tampered with the presidential votes in favour of the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and left only 20,000 votes for Buhari adding that the president still triumphed despite the sabotage.

He further alleged that Obioma transfered the Electoral Officer (EO) of Ezza south when she refused to do his bidding and changed the result of that local government against the APC.

Ogah said that Obioma has been under probe by the anti graft agencies including Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).

He added that the rec was also being probed by Presidential Panel for various corrupt offences and wondered why the President should appoint him NECO registrar.

“It is on record that EFCC, ICPC and Presidential Panel are probing Obioma for frauds. So, his appointment is the greatest mistake our President has made.

“Those who recommended him for the President are promoting corruption and denting the image of Mr President who has vigorously fought corruption in this country.

“Obioma supposed to be properly probed instead of rewarding him with this appointment after committing all manner of fraud.

“How can you appoint a man who worked against our party and the President himself in 2019 general elections by reducing the President’s votes in my Ikwo local government?

“My people fought tooth and nail to ensure that our President was not defeated in Ikwo and he later won despite Obioma’s massive reduction of APC votes in the LGA.

“Is it my own election that he did not rig in favour of my opponent?

” Every other National Assembly election result in that 2019 election in Ebonyi was announced by Obioma led INEC immediately the election was concluded.

“But my own took almost two days before he announced it after manipulating the result.

“He reduced over 10,000 votes from my votes and declared my opponent winner of the election, what an electoral fraud?

“I didn’t accept that fraudulent result, I challenged it in tribunal and won. My opponent proceeded to Appeal court in Enugu and that court also declared me the rightful winner of that February 23, 2019 election in Ezza south/Ikwo federal constituency.

“Today, Obioma is rewarded with this sensitive/juicy appointment to continue his fraudulent acts, what a mistake by our President when he is supposed to have been punished for electoral fraud.

“I am urging Mr. President to cancel this appointment and give it to any person that deserves it because the person currently appointed was a big mistake and therefore he should be removed and replaced with any other person that is not tainted with corruption.

“Let me say without mincing words that whoever that recommended Obioma for this appointment is an enemy of Ndigbo and the country in general, otherwise why recommending a person who should be properly investigated for fraud,?

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