NAF demands unpaid debt to help INEC airlift by-election materials


The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Hassan Abubakar, on Monday, asked the Independent National Electoral Commission to pay its outstanding bills so the Air Force could help to airlift materials for Saturday’s by-elections.

Abubakar made the demand during a visit to him in Abuja by the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, to seek the support of NAF ahead of the February 3 rerun/by-elections.

INEC will conduct by-elections and re-runs in 26 states of the federation on Saturday.

In nine states, two senators, four members of the House of Representatives and three members of state Houses of Assembly will be elected in by-elections to replace members who died or resigned their memberships of the national and state Assemblies.

In other states, re-run elections will take place at designated constituencies or polling units as ordered by the Election Appeal Tribunals.

In all, the elections will fill vacancies in three senatorial districts, 17 federal and 28 state constituencies spread across 80 local government areas, 575 Registration Areas/wards and 8,934 polling units involving 4,904,627 registered voters out of which 4,613,291 Permanent Voter Cards have been collected, according to the commission.

The INEC Chairman noted that the deployment of election materials was a huge task, hence, the need to seek the support of the air force to deliver election materials to three locations in the North-East, South-East and the South-West geo-political zones of the country.

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