The Independent National Electoral Commission has reacted to the report that one of its staffs, Mutiu Salawu, tore the result sheet of the Ayedaade local government in the Osun state gubernatorial election.
In a statement on Tuesday, September 25, the electoral body said there was an error in the computation of the election result and that Salawu was asked by the electoral officer to remove the result.
INEC claimed that as soon as Salawu duly carried out the instruction, he was hounded by some member of the press who claimed he was trying to alter the result.
The electoral body also provided the correct result of the election of the local government.
See the statement below:
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In a related development, the APC campaign council for the Osun governorship election has urged the party's members in the areas where the state's election rerun will be held on Thursday, September 27, to ignore the rantings of the PDP and turn out enmasse to vote for the ruling party.
In a statement released in Abuja by the chairman of its media committee, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the council said the threat by the PDP to challenge, in court, INEC's declaration of last Saturday's election as inconclusive is nothing but sheer bravado, saying the opposition party is afraid of losing the rerun.
It said the PDP may also have contrived the court threat as a way of distracting the APC and its members ahead of the rerun, calling that distraction strategy dead on arrival.
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