NigeriaDecides2023: Voters Hold INEC Officials ‘Hostage’ Over Missing Declaration Form In Cross River
NigeriaDecides2023 – Some officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) have been held in the commission’s office in Ogoja, Cross River, over an alleged missing “Declaration Form.”
Trouble started when after the declaration of Sen. Jarigbe Agom-Jarigbe as the winner of the Cross River North senatorial district election, and he could not be issued with the “Declaration Form” upon demand.
The Ogoja Electoral Officer, Peter Kolo, tried to convince the Senator that it would be issued later since the one meant for the senator-elect was not readily available.
This, however, infuriated supporters of the senator who demanded that it be issued immediately or no one would be allowed to leave the office premises.
However, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Prof Gabriel Yomere, responding through a phone call, said that he sent the form along with other electoral materials.
Mr Agom-Jarigbe’s supporters, however, blocked the gate of the compound and said no staff of the commission would be allowed to go out until the Declaration Form was presented to the Senator-elect.
The issue, which started around 3:05 a.m., was yet to be sorted out at the time of filing this report.
Meanwhile, Mr Agom-Jarigbe defeated Gov. Ben Ayade of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Cross River North Senatorial seat.
The Peoples Democratic Party candidate defeated the governor in the election conducted on Saturday with 76,145 votes against 56,595 votes.