The Independent National electoral commission (INEC) has dismissed reports linking it with a purported investigation of criminal forfeiture against the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee of INEC, Festus Okoye, gave the clarification in a statement on Saturday.
According to him, a press release purported to have been issued by the commission has been trending online since Friday.
“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,” Okoye said.
He said that press releases from the commission are uploaded to the INEC Press Corps platform and simultaneously disseminated through its website and official social media handles.
He urged the public to ignore the press release in question.