Report By:Seth Douperegha
WaffiTV:Mr Salihu Adamu Musa, INEC Electoral Officer in Bokkos Local Government of Plateau, on Monday apologized over the “shameful” conduct of the Returning Officer deployed to the zone.
Musa was reacting to an inquiry raised by APC Collation Officer in Pankshin, Mr Emmanuel Bok, who sought to know why he (Musa), was announcing the results of elections for Bokkos, rather than the Returning Officer, as stipulated by law.
Musa, in his clarification, told the party agents, eyewitnesses and INEC officials that the Returning Officer, a college teacher, was drunk on Sunday and was sacked when he couldn’t play out his obligation.
“The Returning Officer’s frame of mind was shocking; he was drunk and couldn’t do anything by any stretch of the imagination.
“I assumed control over the activity dependent on guidelines from the INEC home office in Jos,” Musa clarified.
Musa apologized to the race officials in the interest of the constituent body, and guaranteed that the circumstance would not rehash itself.
Bok, who expressed gratitude toward Musa for the clarification, said that he had expected to dismiss the result since they were not introduced by the officer assigned to do as such.
“Notwithstanding the clarification you provided for us, I would not have acknowledged the results until we see the Returning Officer.
“In any case, in the event that that was what occurred, at that point it is extremely sad and terrible for us in our adventure toward extending out democracy,” he said.
In his response, Mr Mason Mahli, PDP Collation Officer in the local government, spoke to INEC to dependably guarantee that just legitimate individuals were enrolled to help it in such urgent assignments.
“INEC should dependably search for credible people for genuine national assignments like this. Appointive duties are sacrosanct assignments that must be taken care of genuinely and with absolute duty,” he expressed.
Mr Jonathan Mawuyau, another APC Collation Officer and previous justice commissioner in Plateau, who likewise responded to the evacuation of the Returning Officer, lamented the “extremely unpleasant experience” elections officials had with the sacked official.
“The officer went to the collation focus drunk. On Sunday, we sat tight for his landing up to 2.00 p.m., however when he later arrived and sat down, he began resting off before according to everyone in the lobby.
“Soon after, he woke up and pardoned us to go ease himself, however the following thing we heard was that he had headed out. He was later greeted and brought back.
“Actually, I needed to apologize for his benefit. The official was drunk to the point that he couldn’t carry out the Responsibility,” Mawuyau clarified.
Mrs. Joan Arabs, INEC official from the commission’s base camp in Abuja, in her reaction, guaranteed the party agents, columnists and spectators, who had accumulated at the senatorial collation focus in Pankshin, that the mix-up would not be rehashed.
“We have noticed this mix-up and need to guarantee you that we will address it,” she said. (NAN)