Plateau PDP State Campaign Council has demanded for full investigations into the fire that gutted the INEC office in Qua’an Pan LGA of Plateau Saturday night.
In a press release made public, the
Media and Publicity Committee of the party described the incident as shocking however the Head of Voter Education and Publicity of the Commission in the state, Mr. Osaretin Imahiyereobo has rule out the fire as accident caused by a drunken individual.
Read PDP’s full text below
*THAT STRANGE FIRE AT THE INEC OFFICE IN QUA’AN PAN LGA.*
The news of the inferno which completely consumed the INEC office in Qua’an Pan Local Government Area at the weekend is truly shocking by every stretch of imagination.
Items destroyed, according to the Head of Voter Education and Publicity of the Commission in the state, Mr. Osaretin Imahiyereobo, are Ballot boxes, generators filled with fuel, cubicles, newly printed electronic and manual voters register, unclaimed Permanent Voter Cards, materials for the preparations of RAC and other valuable materials.
We are relieved that there were no reports of human casualties.
However, the PDP State Campaign Council finds it strange that such fire could have ignited in a building housing very important materials just as preparations for the national election are intensifying by the minute.
It is now left to the relevant experts to investigate and release their findings on the cause of the inferno.
The Council demands that the findings be made public to address any concerns.
The PDP State Campaign Council is also concerned about the over seven thousand unclaimed PVCs (as at last Friday) that were lost in the fire.
What then becomes of the fate of the owners of the PVCs when they show up at the INEC office on Monday, the last collection day?
INEC must work out equal voting opportunity for those whose cards might have been destroyed in the fire.
The Council calls on INEC and the security services to put all necessary measures in place to improve the over all security of every INEC office across the state.
The Council calls on its members and supporters to cooperate with INEC and Security personnel to ensure the safety and sanctity of materials, personnel and buildings.
It appeals to the people of Qua’an Pan not to panic but to be resolute and alert as Council works through the relevant committees and structures to ensure that they are disenfranchised in any way.
We wish INEC the greatest speed in restoring what was lost and securing what is to be replaced in time enough for the election ahead.