The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Oyo State has commenced the distribution of sensitive materials to all Local Government Areas (LGAs) in the state ahead of Saturday polls.
Naija News reports that the electoral body commenced early distribution of the election materials on Wednesday, February 22, in some states.
The exercise continued on Thursday morning at the office of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in Ibadan, the state capital, as the sensitive materials were distributed across the 33 local government areas in the state.
The distribution was made in the presence of the representatives of political parties amidst tight security. Addressing newsmen during the exercise, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Adeniran Tella, said the distribution had commenced as early as two o’clock in the morning.
Tella, who announced that the materials would be redistributed to polling centres while registration area centres would be activated, on Friday, assured residents of credible, fair and acceptable polls in the state.
Members of two different political parties in the state, Idowu Awokoya and Tajudeen Olanife, expressed satisfaction with the exercise.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday stated that he would be taking instructions from Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the 2023 election.
Buhari stated this while speaking with the chairman of INEC, Prof Mahmoud Yakubu, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, over the forthcoming elections.
The unscheduled meeting, according to Buhari, was at the instance of Yakubu, insisting that it was all part of the efforts for the elections to hold successfully.
The president also hinted about the meeting while explaining his few minutes of lateness to the commissioning and handover of security equipment valued at over N12bn to the military and Nigeria Police Force.
“I am being grounded by INEC. You know next Saturday is a great day for us, and I take instructions from INEC so that I make sure there will be no excuses for the successful election,” Buhari told his guests.
The meeting, which began around 11am on Wednesday, had the likes of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Chief of Defense Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor, Chief Air Staff, Air Marshal Isiaka Amao, Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Farouk Yahaya, Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo.
Others are the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, and Directors General of the State Security Service and National Intelligence Agency, Yusuf Bichi, and Ahmed Abubakar, respectively.