The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has suspended the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Sokoto State, Dr. Nura Ali.
The suspension, which came four days before the governorship and House of Assembly elections, was announced in a letter addressed to both the REC and the Administrative Secretary in the state by INEC’s Secretary, Rose Orlaran-Anthony.
According to the letter, Dr. Nura Ali has been directed to stay away from the commission’s office in Sokoto State until further notice.
The letter, issued on Monday, reads: “This is to inform you of the commission’s decision for you (Dr. Nura Ali), Resident Electoral Commissioner, Sokoto State, to stay away from the commission’s office in Sokoto State immediately until furthermore notice.
“The Administrative Secretary is directed to take full charge of INEC, Sokoto State office, with immediate effects.”
The commission directed the Administrative Secretary of the commission in the state, Hauwa Aliyu Kangiwa, to take full charge of the commission in the state with immediate effect.
The commission directed Kangiwa to take full responsibility of all administrative and elections pending when the commission directs otherwise.
The letter also directed her to liaise with the Supervisory National Commissioner, Professor Muhammad Sani Kaita, for further clarifications, when necessary.