The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has reacted with a denial to an allegation by Mr Jimoh Ibrahim, that its acting Director, Legal Services, Mrs Toyin Babalola, demanded $1 million bribe from him.
In a statement issued on Monday in Abuja by the spokesperson of the INEC, the commission described the allegation as spurious in entirety.
Mr Ibrahim, the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate for the Ondo State Nov. 26 governorship election, had on Sunday claimed that the officer demanded bribe from him, before the order made by Justice Okon Abang of Federal High Court, Abuja would be complied with by the Commission.
However, INEC National Commissioner in charge of Publicity, Soyebi, said that preliminary investigation carried out, showed that the allegation was far from the truth.
The statement read: “On the first allegation, our investigation revealed that Mr Ibrahim turned up at the INEC headquarters, Abuja unannounced.
“Ibrahim made his way to Mrs Babalola’s office brandished a copy of the court document.
“He insisted that INEC should accept him as the official candidate of the PDP for the Ondo State governorship poll.”
Soyebi said that on sighting the unexpected guest, Babalola called three other lawyers in her department to witness her encounter with Ibrahim.
“At no time during the encounter that lasted less than 15 minutes did Mrs Babalola ask for $1 million.
“Therefore, the allegation by Mr Ibrahim is false.
“It should however be noted that court orders/judgments are served by court bailiffs and not individual parties.
“Furthermore, INEC only receives nomination papers from the national chairmen of political parties or their designated officials and not aspirants,” he said.