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Electoral materials safe in CBN’s custody, say Ogun, Kwara RECs


Abdulganiyu Raji

Ogun State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Professor Abdulganiyu Raji, has assured that electoral materials, including ballot papers for the botched Presidential and National Assembly polls are in safe custody with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).He stated this while handing over the materials to CBN officials in Abeokuta yesterday, adding that the materials were to be used for last Saturday’s elections.

“This is CBN’s premises, they have been keeping our money and so they are keeping our materials, we have always kept it with them so we have confidence that the materials are safe here,” he said. On readiness of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)’s readiness for the rescheduled polls, Professor Raji said: “This shows that we are ready because all the materials are here, we are just withdrawing them from the local government offices.

“The truth is, even though INEC Chairman gave logistics and other reasons, the materials were not ready in some states but Ogun State is not one of them.“We got all the materials to the local government areas, but we are just bringing them back here for safe keep.”

Also, all sensitive and non-sensitive electoral materials have been returned to the CBN in Kwara State.The state REC, Garba Madami, disclosed this yesterday, saying, “Barutin Local Government Area was the last to return the materials around 8pm on Saturday being the farthest among the councils.”

The REC said all the materials, including card readers, were deposited with the apex bank, adding that he left the bank around 10pm on Saturday.He added that all unclaimed voters’ cards were also deposited with the CBN for safety.Meanwhile, the state police command has disclosed that it was always prepared to ensure safety of lives, property and electoral materials before, during and after the elections.

The Kwara State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Ajayi Okansan, told The Guardian that all residents, political parties, voters and citizens should cooperate with the police and other security agencies to ensure the success of the elections.

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