Earlier this morning, David “Davido” Adeleke faulted the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for having not issued the Certificate of Return to his Uncle and winner of the July 16 Guber election, Ademola Adeleke.
48hrs after our @AAdeleke_01 victory at the Osun Gubernatorial elections, we are yet to receive our certificate.
@inecnigeria should we send you fuel money? LOL
Please no one should tamper with the will of the Osun People!
Issue the certificate as required by Law!
Replying Davido, the Commission in a statement by National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee Festus Okoye, said the Commission has up to 14 days to issue the winner with the Certificate of Return.
He said: “Those that intervene and play roles in the electoral process should try to have basic knowledge of the constitutive legal instruments that guide and regulate the conduct of elections.
“The Commission is a public trust and a creation of the Constitution and the law and must be seen to respond to public demands for transparency and openness.
“The Commission will continue to uphold the basic tenets of transparency, openness and inclusivity in the conduct of elections and the delivery of electoral services.
“The Commission is not a political party and will not be swayed by partisan political interests. Section 72 of the Electoral Act 2022 provides that a sealed certificate of return at an election in the prescribed form shall be issued within 14 days to every candidate who has been returned by the Returning Officer in an election under the Act.