- The deputy governor of Ondo state, Agboola Ajayi has reacted to the fire that gutted INEC office in Akure
- The ZLP governorship candidate asked why fire targeted the store where card readers were kept
- Ajayi warned that the people won’t tolerate any ploy to sabotage their wish in the forthcoming election
Agboola Ajayi, the deputy governor of Ondo state, has reacted to the fire outbreak that gutted the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Akure on Thursday, September 10.
Recall that with less than four weeks to the conduct of the Ondo state governorship election, fire broke out at INEC's head office in Akure. The inferno gutted the container housing Smart Card Readers.
Vanguard reports that the governorship candidate of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) warned that the electorate in Ondo state won’t tolerate any ploy by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to sabotage their wish in the forthcoming state election.
Agboola in a statement issued by his chief Press Secretary Babatope Okeowo in Akure queried why the fire targeted the store where card readers were kept ahead of the governorship election.
While noting that the incident should worry every responsible and reasonable citizen of Ondo State, the deputy governor called for an investigation of the fire outbreak and let those responsible face the wrath of the law.
Similarly, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo state, Eyitayo Jegede, has reacted to the fire outbreak at INEC office.
Jegede said he suspected foul play in the mysterious fire that gutted the state office of INEC.
The governorship candidate in a statement issued on Friday, September 11, by his campaign organisation in Akure, said he could not rule out a foul play in the mysterious fire that completely razed down the state INEC office.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that INEC has said it was yet to uncover the cause of the fire incident that razed two containers where 5,141 card readers were kept in Akure.
The electoral commission, however, said the incident would not affect the conduct of the October 10 governorship election, assuring all stakeholders that the governorship election would not be postponed.
Speaking on the incident, Ondo state resident Electoral Commissioner, Rufus Akeju, said the fire began after its staff have closed for the day.
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