INEC denies meeting with Adamawa Govt officials to rig polls

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has denounced a report that its officials deployed to supervise the Adamawa State governorship rerun paid a nocturnal visit to the state’s Government House ostensibly to rig the polls for incumbent, Governor Ahmadu Fintiri.

INEC National Commissioner and Chairman of its Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, made the denial in a statement on Thursday.

Okoye said the same press statement created the impression that the national headquarters of the Commission specifically targeted Adamawa State in its deployment of national commissioners and other officials with the sole intention of influencing the outcome of the supplementary election held on Saturday, April 25 and sidelining the REC.

“The public is advised to discountenance these insinuations as nothing more than a claptrap.

“We also advise those behind the mischief to desist forthwith as such fabrications have endangered the lives of our officials (both ad hoc and regular) engaged in legitimate election duties.

“We expect well-meaning citizens to act within the bounds of propriety and decency,” Okoye stated.

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