The Social and online media are awash with the story that the move by Senate to probe Tertiary Education Trust Fund is responsible for the halt in the Recall process of the Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial Zone, Senator Dino Melaye.
Investigations by ivotesng exclusively revealed that INEC did not stop the recall process due to the probe. Our impeccable sources disclosed that INEC has even petitioned the chief Justice of Nigeria for his intervention on the ruling of the Court bearing in mind that the constitution allows for 90 days from the date of submission of the petition to INEC till completion. The Commission has also instructed its lawyers to approach the Supreme Court with the target of immediately vacating the order.
ivotesng sources in the Senate have however disclosed that the information leading to the motion already had specific companies mentioned and specific projects and that the contracts were not awarded under Prof Mahmood Yakubu who left office in 2012. All the targeted contracts were awarded by Prof. Suleiman Bogoro and the current Executive Secretary Dr. Abdullahi Baffa the source said.
Further investigations by ivotesng at the Maitama headquarters of TETFund further revealed that it was some staff of the Fund who are not happy with the handling of the award of contracts by Prof Bogoro that gave out the information.
They allege that TETFund which was reputed for not having any abandoned projects prior to Bogoro’s appointment suddenly had abandoned projects littered everywhere while payments were made above the threshold and against the TETFund model which ensured that monies were only paid according to work done.
INEC will commence the Recall process immediately it gets a reprieve from the Court of Appeal and allow the people the opportunity for their voice to be heard. INEC insiders also say that Prof Mahmood who is currently in Sierra Leone on official assignment is not bothered about the Senate probe and it is not in any way influencing his decisions, role and activities as the Chairman of Nigeria’s Election Management Body. INEC our source says is a law abiding agency is under obligation to obey orders of Court even when the Commission is not comfortable with such orders or until such orders are upturned on appeal.