- INEC said there is no going back on the Edo and Ondo guber elections
- Elections in both states have been scheduled for September 19 and October 10 respectively
- The commission gave the assurance amid concerns over the fire outbreak that gutted INEC office in Ondo
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Following the inferno at the Ondo office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the body has declared that no cause for alarm with respect to the upcoming elections on its schedule.
The commission frantically assured that the governorship election slated for September 19 and October 10 in the Edo and Ondo states respectively will hold despite the unfortunate occurrence.
Speaking on Thursday, September 10, INEC chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, declared that the election will not be postponed because the commission has put everything in place.
Legit.ng recalls that the office of the INEC situated in Akure was gutted by a fire outbreak with just weeks to Ondo state election.
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.
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 tried to contain the fire
Speaking on the possibility of postponement, Yakub said the election would not be postponed unlike the 2016 election when the general election was postponed due to security reasons.
“Like in 2016, the Commissioner is ready. I don’t foresee any need to postpone the election. We are fully ready and the elections will hold," the INEC boss said.
“I’ll be in Edo from Saturday and be there till Wednesday. At the end of the day, we will have something good. I’ll return to Abuja and monitor the election from the situation room.”
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that INEC said it was yet to uncover the cause of the fire incident that razed two containers where 5,141 card readers were kept in its office in Akure.
Speaking on the incident, Ondo state resident electoral commissioner, Rufus Akeju, said the fire began after INEC staff already closed for the day.
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