Preparatory to the Presidential and National Assembly Election holding on Saturday, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has commenced the Collection of Sensitive Materials lodged with the Central Bank of Nigeria for Onward distribution to the commission’s offices in all the Local Governments Areas across the State.
The distribution which took place on the premises of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Osogbo Branch, was witnessed by the representatives of the parties, security agents, journalists and INEC officials.
Before the distribution commenced, there was however a melodrama, as operatives of the Department of State Service, stationed at the entrance to the bank, prevented journalists and other people that were to observe the distribution from entering the premises.
The security operatives had claimed that the management of the CBN Osogbo branch had instructed that they should not allow anyone into the premises.
But INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Mutiu Agboke, insisted that journalists and party representatives should be allowed into the premises.
Addressing Newsmen, The Osun Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Mutiu Agboke said the Agency has put all machineries in Motion to Ensure the Success of the Election.
He said, “Our sensitive materials, particularly, ballot papers, result sheets are usually in the custody of the Central Bank of Nigeria. We are ready for the election. We are here to start batching of our materials for onward transmission to these local government areas.
“What you have seen on the ground are the ballot papers, result sheets for the presidential, senatorial, and House of Representatives elections. We will arrange and batch them to various local governments.”
On the security of the materials and offices, the INEC boss said, “All these are indications that the Commission is ready. The commission is in touch with our security agents. The synergy is there. All our local government offices are well secured.”