The Independent National Electrical Commission (INEC) has described as fake news, a statement signed by one I D. Ijele, Director of New Media of the Governorship campaign team for Murtala Ajaka’s Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Kogi State.
A statement from the INEC today, October 21 said that the SDP spokesman’s statement alleged that three staff of INEC are right now maliciously re-configuring 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.
INEC stressed that such story is untrue, adding that 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 and 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.”
INEC called on members of the public to disregard the story as fake news, and asked political parties to desist from engaging in malicious rumour mongering of this nature.