Ekiti Election Rigging Not Visible – INEC Expresses Confidence
With less than 24 hours to the commencement of Ekiti gubernatorial election, the state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Professor Abdul-Ganiyu Olayinka Raji, has expressed that with the new tracking device will make rigging during the election difficult.
NIGERIA NEWS notes that Professor Raji while speaking at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) complex in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, on Thursday, July 12, after overseeing the distribution of election materials to the various local government areas of the state expressed confidence that the Saturday, July 14 election will not be rigged.
The Ekiti REC officer said every vehicle leaving the premises of the bank has a tracking device attached to it, with which their destination is strictly monitored.
While showing the journalists a screenshot of the central monitor of the tracking device on his mobile phone, Professor Oluyinka noted that there’s no way anybody can take the materials to wrong destinations as they have put machinery in place to forestall such occurrences.
“We took delivery of the materials today and we have distributed them and sent them to the local governments.
“The materials were accompanied by the electoral officers, security agencies and the supervising REC.
“I have 5 supervising RECs sent to come and assist me here, and four national commissioners.
“So, three national commissioners accompanied the materials to two local governments each, each of the RECs also accompanied the materials to two local governments each.
“All the party agents were present here, to witness the distribution and they confirmed the materials, and we encouraged them to tell their people at the local governments to be there to receive the materials.
“So, we did it with the security agencies, with the party agents and very senior officials of INEC,” the varsity don explained.
Asked about the much-touted tracking device attached to the vehicles that conveyed the sensitive materials to the local governments, the Ekiti REC informed that all will go as planned.
He said: “We are tracking it. If you want to see it, I can show you on my phone.
“The tracks that we have. I was seated there, monitoring, because they have two local governments each.
“As soon as they get to each of the local governments, I see that they have gotten there, I call the REC. We are at this local government and they have been confirming that.
“I have some screenshots that I captured.”
He also told the journalists on ground that there would be no report of late arrival of materials to polls on the day of the election.
In a previous report, NIGERIA NEWS had reported that former Nigeria’s president Goodluck Jonathan spoke on the fast-approaching Ekiti gubernatorial election.