The news of the unknown whereabout of the suspended Resident Electoral Commissioner of Adamawa State, Hudu Ari has been making waves on the internet.
It could be recalled that Ari stirred controversy when he announced the supplementary governorship election results in Adamawa State on Sunday while collation was not yet concluded. Since his infamous action during the supplementary governorship election in the state, his whereabout is unknown.
According to the statement made by the INEC National Commissioner Festus Okoye on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Friday. Festus stated;
“We don’t know where he is because, after this particular incident, the Commission wrote him and also called him on the phone. He never returned any of the calls, he never answered any of the calls”.
“We asked him to report to the Commission on Sunday we didn’t see him, we asked him to report on Monday we didn’t see him. So up till this moment, he has not reported and we don’t know his whereabouts,”
When he was asked if Ari should be declared wanted for failing to report to the Commission or answer its calls, Okoye said that is the responsibility of the Nigerian Police. In Featus words; “Well, that is the responsibility of the Nigerian police. If they feel that his presence is absolutely needed during the investigation and he is nowhere to be found, it is their prerogative and discretion to declare him wanted,”
After suspending the REC, INEC reported his case to President Muhammadu Muhammadu Buhari, who on Thursday approved Ari’s suspension, pending the completion of an investigation by the Inspector General of Police on the conduct/actions of the REC during the Supplementary election in Adamawa State.