The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has suspended the electoral officer in charge of Jos North Local Government, Fred Ogboji, over the missing ballot papers of 16 polling units in the Saturday rerun elections.
This decision comes as part of an ongoing investigation into the mysterious disappearance of these crucial electoral materials.
Yesterday, several polling units in the Plateau North rerun elections experienced incomplete proceedings due to the lack of electoral materials.
As a result, INEC has rescheduled the elections, which are currently underway in some units within Tudun Wada/Kabong and Naraguta wards.
According to Isah Idakwo, the Head of electoral operations at the INEC, Ogboji has been instructed to hand over his duties to Elekwa Onyemauche, the local government supervisor. The commission is determined to ensure that the right thing is done and that no constituency feels disenfranchised
The statement issued by INEC reads, “You are directed to step aside from office to enable the commission to carry out a proper investigation into the circumstances that led to the missing Federal House of Representatives ballot papers in 16 polling units in your local government.
You are further directed to hand over to Barr. Elekwa Onyemauche, the local government supervisor, and the two RA (Registration Area) supervisors of Tudun Wada-Kapong and Naraguta B to coordinate and complete the remaining process.”