Scores of ad-hoc staff who participated in the last Presidential and National Assembly elections in Oyo state have abandoned their respective polling units in fear of attacks in Ibadan North West Local Government Area.
The development, DAILY POST reports has made the electoral officers in the local government to hurriedly begin the process of replacing the young men and women who failed to report to the local government yesterday.
There are 11 electoral wards in Ibadan North West.
The development was noticed by DAILY POST and other journalists who visited Onireke, headquarters of the local government when they saw scores of young men and women putting down their names to replace those who did not report for the elections.
An INEC official who identified himself as Olusegun told journalists that they were surprised that some of those who served in the last elections could not report due to fear of attacks.
Though, the state command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), had told DAILY POST that the command has deployed no fewer than three thousand and five hundred personnel to provide security cover for the Governorship and State House of Assembly elections taking place today in the 33 local government area of the state.
Public Relations Officer (PRO), of the command, Mr. Olusegun Oluwole made this disclosure while speaking in an interview with DAILY POST at the command’s headquarters in Ibadan, the state capital on Friday.
Oluwole maintained that the officers who were already in their areas of deployment were deployed in order to ensure hitch-free elections.
He said, “The NSCDC Oyo state command has deployed about 3,500 officers to monitor the elections in the 33 LGAs and 35 LCDAs. You can see our vehicles there, some have gone. Those who are going to far places have gone. We have taken the issue of vote buying serious and we are doing it along with other security agencies. We are putting our heads together to ensure that security threat is tackled.
“Most of the senior management staff from the headquarters are also here in our zone. With that, we are going to have credible and fair elections. Our officers are going to work with other security agencies. We are going to have tight security tomorrow. So, there will be no problem.
“The way and the training they are giving our officers, you must be apolitical. All of us that will be going out, all of us have been trained on electoral matters. And that is why we are giving out our numbers to report in case of any complaint.
Olusegun while speaking with journalists on how the ad-hoc staff failed to report today said, “Some of those who participated in the last elections could not come due to fear of attacks.
‘You can see, we have to call for replacement of those who could not report.
“Those who are being used for replacement are already putting down their names.
“There are 11 wards in this local government, what we did is that, when we noticed the shortfall of the personnel, we called for replacement.
“I don’t know the figure now, but it cut across the local government, it may be due to fear of attacks. Though, we don’t know what they did not report”.
How APC hired an Israeli based firm for elections – Frank
Comrade Timi Frank, former assistant National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressive Congress (APC), applauded a press release by a U.S based agency – the Digital Forensic Research Laboratory of the Atlantic Council.
The US firm had revealed ‘Archimedes’, a political consultant firm in Isreal role in spreading fake news through the social media about PDP Presidential Candidate – Atiku Abubakar.
Facebook expelled Archimedes from the network on Thursday due to its “coordinated and deceptive behavior”. The popular network also removed dozens of accounts and thousands of facebook pages that are created to disrupt elections in Countries in Africa, with a few sparse exercise in East asia and South America.
In response to the ban, Mr Frank, through a comment on Saturday, said the world would eventually realize all the lies behind Gen. Muhammadu Buhari’s proclamation as the victor during the last election.
One of pages removed by Facebook on Thursday, as revealed by Frank, was loaded with viral false news and targeted attacks on Abubakar, Nigeria’s former vice president.
According to Timi Frank, the report reads:
“that on the overall, the misleading accounts had reached some 2.8 million users, and the pages had engaged over 5,000 followers, according to Facebook’s estimates.”
After praising Facebook, He went on further to say:
“Nigerians ought to be worried about how the APC-led government is spending huge amount of money just to discredit the rightful winner of the 2019 presidential election, Atiku Abubakar.
“I believe that if a lie goes on for 20 years, truth will definitely catchup with it one day. It will not be long before Nigerians will realise how desperate and fake President Muhammadu Buhari is in his bid to hang onto power.”
The political nationalist called on the rest of the world to acknowledge the press release of the Associated Press as well as the resulting damage accomplished in the last election to Nigeria’s second largest party and its presidential nominee.
“The AP’s report has clearly shown the level of lies sponsored against Atiku during and after the last general election. The campaign of calumny has not stopped but Nigerians should henceforth disregard malicious reports in the social media against the former VP,”
INEC set new dates for Kogi, Bayelsa governorship elections
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The commission had earlier announced November 2 for the two sates elections out of the six states who were unable to hold theirs due to the staggered timetable of the elections.
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