Everest Amaefule, Nike Popoola, Afeez Hanafi and Oyetunde Oyekola
Some outcome sheets for the presidential and Nationwide Meeting elections meant for Imo State had been discovered lacking by the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee.
The outcome sheets had been subsequently found to be in Gombe and Ondo states. Equally, some outcomes sheets meant for Gombe State had been present in Imo State.
The lacking outcomes sheets in addition to those that had been combined up got here to the fore when stakeholders examined delicate electoral supplies that had been retrieved from completely different registration space centres within the state in Owerri on Tuesday.
These invited to confirm the electoral supplies in Owerri included political events, civil society organisations, the Inter-Get together Advisory Council, safety businesses in addition to election monitoring teams.
Our correspondent learnt that it was in the course of the verification of the supplies that some Gombe outcome sheets had been discovered within the state whereas some supplies for Imo State had been found to be lacking.
It was additionally learnt that when some supplies had been found to be lacking, the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Prof Francis Ezeonu, made some phone calls and found that the lacking supplies had been in Gombe and Akure.
Crucial preparations had been stated to have been put in place to retrieve the supplies and in addition to ship the Gombe outcome sheets to their applicable location.
Name to verify the incident from the INEC REC proved abortive as his telephone rang out.
He had additionally but to answer a textual content message despatched to his cell phone as of press time.
Nonetheless, Chairman of IPAC in Imo State, Mr Ben Duru, confirmed the event in an interview with our correspondent.
He stated, “The outcome sheets had been packed in cartons and when one carton was opened, it was discovered to belong to Gombe. One or two wards in Aboh Mbaise had been additionally discovered to be lacking which had been confirmed to have been packed for Gombe. The REC rapidly contacted and deliberate the way to return the outcome sheets and the way we might additionally obtain our personal.”
Duru dismissed insinuations from some political events that the integrity of the electoral supplies could have been compromised.
He stated in the course of the verification that lasted until 9pm on Tuesday, all of the supplies had been discovered to be intact.
He stated, “We verified the supplies that had been despatched to the RACs and retrieved. We verified them and so they had been okay. No person touched anybody. Thank God, a number of the supplies had not bought to the Native Governments Areas earlier than the elections had been postpone.
“Only a few of the supplies had bought to vacation spot. Some had been nonetheless on the best way when the announcement was made. The REC rapidly known as again the supplies. So, yesterday we began by taking a look at these ones first. After that, we sorted out the brand new ones that had been introduced later.”
Additionally, there was a light drama on Wednesday on the Central Financial institution of Nigeria department in Dugbe, Ibadan, the Oyo State capital after the Kind EC 8B of INEC meant for Kano State was discovered among the many supplies within the CBN.
The shape, which is among the delicate election supplies, is the outcome sheet for a specific ward inside a state.
Whereas our correspondent was shifting around the CBN premises round 5.30pm to watch the sorting of the supplies, a bunch of INEC officers, together with advert hoc ones, instantly raised the alarm.
“Eh! For Kano…famous,” they exclaimed as a girl raised the shape.
One in all them subsequently took the shape to a superior INEC official, who documented it in a register.
Efforts to get the remark of the INEC Head of Publicity within the state, Mr. Olayiwola Awolowo, on the event proved abortive as calls made to his line weren’t answered.
The Resident Electoral Commmission within the state, Mr. Mutiu Agboke, had additionally but to answer to a textual content message despatched to his line as of the time of submitting this report.
Earlier whereas addressing journalists, Agboke stated the sorting and documentation excercise had been being painstakingly carried out to keep away from mix-up.
He stated motion of the supplies to the respective INEC places of work within the native authorities areas of the statd would begin after verification of the supplies assigned to every native authorities.
He stated, ‘’The train can be on until tomorrow (Thursday) and every of the autos with the supplies will go away CBN to INEC state headquarters to select Good Card Readers continuing to their respective locations.
“Every of the autos carrying the supplies can be escorted by armed safety personnel, for the protection of the supplies.”
The REC added hat all of the supplies wanted for the Saturday polls had been satisfactory, saying the fee was able to conduct clear and credible elections.
In a associated growth, INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner answerable for Kwara State, Mallam Attahiru Madami, stated that the outcome sheets meant for the state had been mistakenly taken to Abuja.
Equally, he stated some meant for Lagos had been mistakenly delivered in Kwara. In accordance with him, a few of Lagos outcome sheets had been additionally taken to Nasarawa State.
“Additionally the outcome sheets of Lagos had been discovered right here. I’ve despatched them again. These of Lagos had been additionally present in Nasarawa. You may see the explanation why the elections had been postponed,” the REC stated.
Madami made the revelation whereas addressing celebration brokers on the graduation of distribution of delicate elections supplies from the Ilorin workplace of the Central Financial institution of Nigeria ( CBN) to the sixteen native authorities areas.
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