Ondo election: INEC office on fire, smart card readers burnt

Ondo election: INEC office on fire, smart card readers burnt

- INE office in Akure, the capital of Ondo state is currently on fire

- The cause of the inferno is yet to be ascertained

- Men of the Fire Service are making frantic efforts to contain the fire

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Less than four weeks to the conduct of the Ondo state governorship election, the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Akure is currently on fire.

Legit.ng reports that the INEC said through a statement on its Twitter page that the fire broke out on the evening of Thursday, September 10, at its Ondo state head office in Akure.

The statement indicated that the inferno, which gutted the container housing Smart Card Readers, started around 8.pm on Thursday, September 10, adding that men of the Fire Service are currently containing the fire.

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The national commissioner, Barrister Festus Okoye, who is in the state in connection with preparations for the governorship election scheduled for October 10, rushed to the office at about 8 pm.

The statement read: "Fire broke out today, Thursday, September 10, 2020, at the Ondo state head office of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Akure. The inferno, which gutted the container housing Smart Card Readers, started at 8.pm.

"Men of the Fire Service are however currently containing the fire. the national commissioner, Barrister Festus Okoye, who is in Ondo state in connection with preparations for the Ondo State Governorship election scheduled for 10th October 2020, rushed to the office at about 8 pm.

"The Administrative Secretary of the State, Mr. Popoola and some staff of the Commission are also there. Barrister Okoye said the investigation into the cause of the fire will commence promptly after the fire has been contained."

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The statement also said that the administrative secretary of the state, Popoola and some staff of the commission was also there.

Barrister Okoye said the investigation into the cause of the fire would commence promptly after the fire has been contained.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that a former attorney-general of the state, Remi Olatuboran resigned officially resigned from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

It was reported that Olatubora submitted his resignation letter to his ward chairman, Apostle Medunoye, recently.

In another report, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu on Monday, September 7, hit hard at his predecessor in office, Olusegun Mimiko, over the incoming governorship election in the state.

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The governor also berated the embattled state deputy governor and candidate of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) for the election, Agboola Ajayi.

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Akeredolu, who spoke in a television interview monitored by the newspaper, said some people were never qualified to be Ondo governor.

He said the combination of Mimiko and Agboola as the third force in the state does not make him nervous, adding that his works would give him victory at the polls.

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Source: Legit.ng

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