The whereabouts of the suspended Resident Electoral Commissioner for Adamawa State, Hudu Ari, are unknown.
Ari is said to have since disappeared without any trace.
Independent National Electoral Commission’s National Commissioner, Festus Okoye, disclosed this on Friday while speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.
Ari had on Sunday in a controversial move announced the supplementary governorship election results in Adamawa State while collation had yet to be concluded.
He had illegally declared the All Progressives Congress governorship candidate, Senator Aisha Dahiru, aka Binnani, as the winner of the election.
But INEC had swiftly overruled the REC, summoning him to Abuja.
Okoye who spoke on Channels Television on Friday, said, “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 asked if he thinks Ari will be declared wanted for failing to report to the Commission or answer its calls, Okoye said that is the responsibility of the Nigeria Police.
He said, “Well, that is the responsibility of the Nigeria 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.”
President Muhammadu Buhari had on Thursday ordered a probe of all the security operatives involved in the illegal act.
On Tuesday, INEC officially declared Governor Ahmadu Fintiri winner of the election.