Controversy in Nasarawa as PDP agent produces missing result sheet

Result sheets and other election materials snatched on Saturday were on Sunday found in the custody of a party agent.

The election materials were snatched from the over 50 corps members and 16 adhoc staff held hostage by villagers during the gubernatorial elections in the eastern part of Lafia Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.

Garba Mohammed, an agent of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, brought the sensitive materials to the state headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, few hours after the released corps members were also brought to the same office.

The appearance of Mr. Mohammed, a former Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, with the materials threw the INEC office into commotion with other party agents demanding to know how the materials got to his custody.

The party agents demanded the arrest of the PDP agent and asked why the villagers who held the corps members hostage chose to give him the materials rather than to INEC officials.

Shuaibu Zanwa, the All Progressives Congress, APC, agent also asked why the INEC officer in-charge of the material, Jacob Ezekiel, chose to appear few minutes after the results sheets were brought in by the PDP agent.

Mr. Ezekiel, however, explained that the materials were snatched by the villagers after the results were collated and that he had to run to avoid been lynched.

He added that the villagers insisted that until the collation and returning officer arrived, they would not release the materials, same reason they held the corps members hostage.

Despite his explanations, other party agents insisted that the results be cancelled and the INEC officer and the PDP agent be prosecuted for the disappearance of the corps members who were released twenty hours after.

Sule Zubairu, the state INEC head of logistics, directed that the materials be kept in the ‘strong room’ and asked the PDP agent to wait until the security agents give further instructions.

Mr. Zubairu said the card readers for the affected units must be provided before all presiding officers whose results sheets were part of the materials would be called to identify them before they are accepted and collated.

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