As of 9:57 PM on Saturday, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has made significant progress in the collation of off-cycle governorship election results for Bayelsa, Imo, and Kogi States, with over 80% of results submitted on the INEC Result Viewing (ReV) portal.
According to The Cable, the current submission status on the INEC IREV portal is as follows:
- Imo: 87.26%
- Bayelsa: 83.56%
- Kogi: 82.98%
The electoral commission announced earlier on Saturday that the electoral process has entered the collation stage in Imo, Kogi, and Bayelsa States, where the elections took place. INEC emphasized that accredited agents, observers, and journalists must be granted access to the collation centres, urging security agents and agencies to ensure adequate protection at these locations.
Governorship Candidate Arrested in Kogi: In a separate development, Olayinka Braimoh, the governorship candidate of the Action Alliance (AA) in Kogi State, along with seven of his security details, was arrested by security agencies in Kabba, Kabba Bunu Local Government Area. The arrest reportedly occurred after campaign materials were found in Braimoh’s car.
INEC Advances Collation as Governorship Election Results Reach Over 80% on IReV Portal”
The incident caused apprehension among his aides and party officials when they were unable to reach him on the phone, leading to fears of a possible kidnapping. Braimoh’s media aide, Musa Yakubu, stated, “The last time I heard from him was in the morning when he called from Kabba town, but all attempts to get through to him since then proved abortive. His mobile lines, including his entourage, have switched off.”
Yakubu explained that Braimoh, unable to cast his vote during the election, believes his detractors may be behind the situation. Confirming the arrest to Premium Times, Yakubu mentioned that while Braimoh has been released, his security officials are still detained, stating, “We later heard that he was arrested with his entourage at Kabba. He has been released, but his security details are still detained. He is still with them at the station.”
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