- Some INEC ad-hoc staff escaped death on Friday night, October 9 in Ondo state
- The election officials were transporting electoral materials to a riverine community in the state
- There were no casualties as the passengers were all rescued by men of the Nigerian Navy
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A boat carrying some electoral materials to the riverine Ilaje communities of Ilaje local government area of Ondo state capsized on Friday night, October 9.
The boat was also carrying some ad-hoc staffs of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and heading to Igbokoda area of the local government.
Eyewitnesses, however, say there were no casualties in the incident as the men of the Nigeria Navy rescued all the victims and the election materials.
The Cable shared a video of the incident earlier in the day.
When contacted by The Punch, the spokesman of the state police command, Mr Tee-Leo Ikoro, confirmed the incident, describing it as “a minor accident.”
“It happened but it was a minor mishap because there was no casualty, and nothing happened to the election materials, everything is intact.”
INEC also issued a statement and provided an update on the incident.
“INEC can confirm that there was an incident last night during the movement of personnel and materials to the riverine registration areas of llaje local government area of Ondo state for today's governorship election.
“Fortunately, all personnel and election materials were rescued when the boat capsized.
“This was made possible by the officers and personnel of the Nigeria Navy who escorted the boats
“The movement was eventually concluded and voting commenced as planned in all the polling units today.
“INEC commends the resilience and professionalism of the Nigerian Navy as well as those of all other personnel involved in the exercise.”
The governor made the declaration after casting his vote alongside his wife at Ward 05, unit 06, Ijebu 2 in Owo.
Speaking to journalists after voting, Governor Akeredolu said the thought of not winning has never crossed his mind.
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