There was tension on Saturday morning at Ogudu collation centre in Lagos State over missing nine booklets of ballot papers meant for the Governorship and State Houses of Assembly elections.
Each of the booklets, it was gathered, contains 100 pages meant for Ward 4 centre.
Already, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) agents at the centre have protested over the missing booklets, demanding that INEC officials must retrieved the missing booklets by any means possible.
A PDP agent, Kunle Aladiyan, said the party discovered the booklets were missing in the morning while INEC officials were distributing election materials to each wards.
Aladiyan said the party would not participate in the election without the missing booklets, adding that similar thing happened in 2015.
“We told them while they were bringing the materials to count each carton of booklets, but the INEC officials refused.
“That is how we lost in 2015 election. We participated in the exercise, thinking it would favour us, only for the missing booklets to find their ways to ballot. We don’t want to be fooled again,” he said.
A PDP Senatorial candidate in the National Assembly election, Mrs Sherifat Olushola-Hassan, said that the party would participate on the ground that all ballot papers belonging to ward 4 would not be distributed.
An INEC official from Kosofe, who preferred anonymity, said the officers that collected the materials only counted cartons from CBN, stressing that if they had counted the booklets in cartons, they would have found out about the missing items.
The official said the booklets of ward 4 would not be used at to avoid problems.
The Police Area Commander of Area H Ogudu, ACP Miller Dantawaye who led other security agents to provide security cover for the centre and Kosofe area, confirmed that he was there when they discovered the that the booklets were missing.
Dantawaye said their duty was to provide security for the area, adding that the parties and INEC would resolve the problem.
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