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INEC Denies Allegation of Staff Reconfiguring BVAS Machines in Kogi

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The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has denied the allegation by the Social Democratic Party(SDP) claiming that three staff of the Commission are reconfiguring the BVAS machines in the Government House, Lokoja, in order to manipulate the forthcoming Governorship election in favour of a particular candidate.

The Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Mr. Rotimi Oyekanmi, who debunked the allegation in a statement on the microblogging platform “X”
on Saturday, October 21, said that the statement released by the party and signed by ID Ijele, Director of New Media of the SDP Governorship campaign team in Kogi State, was false and unfounded.

Mr Oyekanmi’s Statement Reads in part:

The statement alleged that three staff of INEC are right now maliciously reconfiguring the BVAS machines in the Government House, Lokoja, with the intention of manipulating the forthcoming Governorship election in a part of the State in favour of a candidate.

The story is untrue. The three persons mentioned are not associated with the configuration of the BVAS machines and not even in Kogi State at the moment.

Mr. Nicholas Ocholi is on his duty post in our Ondo State office in Akure. Ibrahim Egbunu is attending to a very close family member hospitalised in Abuja. Mohammed Adara retired last year and is no longer a staff of the Commission.

The configuration of BVAS is done simultaneously and exclusively in our offices in Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi States professionally and strictly handled by teams deployed from the national HQ, Abuja.

He advised the general public to disregard the story as fake news, while appealing to political parties to desist from engaging in malicious rumour mongering of this nature that could heat up the polity.

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