Ik Osakioduwa, a media personality and VGC Election Volunteer, has claimed that the INEC officials assigned to Victoria Garden Estate were allegedly plotting to derail the process. If you recall, there was a social media outcry that some INEC officials were being held hostage by voters at VGC.
Ik, on the other hand, clarified that there was nothing of the sort at the estate. He stated that what occurred was that people were conscious of not being disenfranchised, as was the case in the Presidential election.
According to him, the same INEC officials who came during the governorship election planned to relocate the voting process from the VGC estate to the Lekki Expressway, a move he claims they resisted.
He said, ”In the Presidential election, we said to the INEC officials that we have to vote when they wanted to leave around 4 pm. They came late and so thousands of people have not voted. So they decided in the governorship election not to come into VGC. They said they were going to stay on the expressway, so that at any time they decide to leave, they could hop into a car and zoom off.
We said you can do that at the VGC but we don’t feel safe bringing 5,600 people on to Lekki expressway, the BVAS is supposed to be GO located. VGC is a huge estate and to take the BVAS from the field where the polling unit is designated by INEC to the Lekki expressway means you have moved several hundred meters away and we are not sure that the BVAS would still work.
And so it became clear to us from their indignation that these INEC officials wanted to expose VGC voters to APC thugs but we resisted that plan. Because we have seen the violence across the Lekki expressway, we don’t want this to happen to our people. How do you make 5,600 people queue on an expressway, it makes no sense. And we said we are not willing to open ourselves to violence.”
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