About 24 hours after the opening of polls in Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections in Lagos State, no single result from the 20 Local Government Areas (LGAs) has arrived at the State Collation Centre.
Adenike Oladiji, the state’s collation officer and Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Technology, Akure, disclosed this during the official opening of the centre for the final collation of election results in Lagos State at about 12.00 a.m. on Sunday.
Mrs Oladiji, who described the collation as a serious assignment, said the centre was still awaiting results from all the 20 LGAs as of midnight.
The professor said: ”This is a serious national assignment that has brought us together here.
”It is also an assignment that is of international importance, and that explains why we have international observers here with us.
”Our job is simple. If we follow the well-laid-out procedures of INEC, we know it is very simple and easy.
”It is a call to duty, it is a national assignment and we hope that we will not fail our country. As we can all see, the result is not here yet.
”So that we won’t keep ourselves just waiting expecting the results, we are proposing that we reconvene tomorrow (Sunday) at 10.am.
”We know that by that time some of our results will be here and we will be able to process them all in this hall.”
Earlier in his opening address, Olusegun Agbaje, the resident electoral commissioner in Lagos State, who commended the collation officer, said that collation was at various stages in the state.
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According to Mr Agbaje, in the end, Nigerians will be happy that INEC has done a lot to ensure that people are allowed to vote despite a few hitches.
”We want to assure Nigerians that their votes will count,” the commissioner said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the State Collation Centre for the 2023 Presidential Election in Lagos State is situated at INEC Media Centre at the commission’s headquarters in the state.
The presidential and NASS elections were held simultaneously across the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory on Saturday.
The collation of results was still at various stages, some at the registration areas, federal constituency, senatorial district and local government collation centres.
NAN reports that some security agents were sighted at the centre.
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