INEC sacks Plateau returning officer

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By Bukola Olasanmi

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has sacked the collation officer in charge of Bokkos Local Government Area of Plateau State, Prof. Musa Izam.

Citing reason for his removal, Head of Voter Education of INEC in the state, Mr Osaretin Imahiyereobo said:

“We had to remove him because he was drunk and could not perform the assignment.”

Imahiyereobo said that INEC had to act fast to avoid delay in the collation exercise.

According to reports, Prof. Izam had earlier attempted to abscond without declaring the results of Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections.

He was, however, apprehended by youths in the area, who forced him back to the collation centre.

“We are waiting for him to come to Jos and explain why he behaved the way he did,’’ Imahiyereobo stated.

Izam, , a physics lecturer at the University of Jos, started the collation of the results brought from the local government’s wards on Sunday.

Midway, he told party agents, INEC officials and observers that he needed a little time to ease himself.

He, meanwhile, disappeared from the centre and took off to Jos.

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