The National Association of Nigerian Students has described as “diversionary” alleged attempt to probe the past administrations of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund by the Senate.
NANS President, Comrade Aruna Kadiri, who spoke with newsmen in Abuja, said the purported plan to probe the activities of TETFund, an institution formerly headed by the current Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, was a ploy to frustrate the Commission’s recall process of the Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Dino Melaye.
INEC had commenced the process of recall of the Senator following petition from Melaye’s constituents asking to recall him.
He said it was wrong for the National Assembly, particularly the Senate and some politicians to attempt to scuttle the process and undermine the will of the people that elected the Senator in the first place.
Kadiri, noted that it was the constitutional right of the people to recall any of their representatives where such person was not performing and that it was also within the legitimate mandate of INEC to follow through the due process upon receipt of the petition signed by the required number of people.
He, therefore, warned that if the process was abruptly halted, the student body would mobilise its members across the country to defend the right of the people and the power of INEC to exercise its statutory responsibility.
He recalled that the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) and 12 other plaintiffs had sued INEC, seeking to halt the process of recall, adding that INEC as a responsible Commission halted the process in obedience to the orders of Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court Abuja.
The NANS President said since INEC had gone ahead to apply to the Court to set aside the order, all interests groups should allow the Commission to do its job and that any one not satisfied with the process could approach the Court for remedy after the process had been concluded by the electoral umpire.