The Independent National Electoral Commission (Inec) has said the presence of two governors from Niger Republic at President Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign rally in Kano state did not violate any electoral law.
Concise News reports that two governors from the country, Issa Moussa of Zinder and Zakiri Umar of Maradi, along with governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State were part of those who received the President in Kano.
The visit had also triggered criticisms from Nigerians who alleged foreign interference in the electoral process.
But reacting to the development, Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, INEC director of Voter Education and Publicity, said the governors’ presence in Kano does not violate the law “as far as I am aware”.
He said the law only prohibits foreigners’ direct involvement in the electoral process.
“They are not allowed to participate as either candidates or voters.
“But they can only observe the process. As far as I am concerned, their presence does not violate the constitution,” he said.
While reacting to the PDP’s request that INEC should disqualify Buhari from the presidential election over the development, Osaze-Uzzi said the commission has no powers to disqualify the president, adding that only the courts can.
“INEC has no power to disqualify any candidate,” Osaze-Uzzi said.