Olaleye Idowu

 The Ondo state governor Arakunrin Akeredolu had pledges support to the incident of fire outbreak that occurred at the independent National Electoral Commission damaging many of its card readers coming with other damages.

The governor made this pledge while on a fact-finding mission to the scene, expressing support for the commission, promising it would not have negative effect on next month’s Election.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner of INEC, Rufus Akeju, on his part, lauded the governor, saying investigation was on to ascertain the cause of the fire, assuring it was not severe enough to contemplate a postponement or change in date.

Meanwhile, Eyitayo Jegede Campaign Organization (EJCO) said they couldn’t rule out foul play in the ‘mystery fire’ that razed down the office.

They urged the National Chairman of INEC, Mahmood Yakubu, to order a thorough probe of the suspicious fire incident, and bring its perpetrators to book.

“We appealed to the police and other security agencies to rise up to the test of integrity and unveil likely perpetrators of the act and their sponsors”.

Publicity Secretary of the major opposition party in the state, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Kennedy Peretei, decried the incident, suspecting foul play on INEC’s part.

In a statement issued to journalists in Akure yesterday, Peretei expressed the disappointment of the party over the incident, saying it would not rule out the possibility of foul play. The party kicked against the use of manual device as against the use of electronic card readers on Election Day due to the incident, warning that the people of the state should not be taken for granted by INEC.

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