In a press statement, released to the media on Thursday, and signed by its Executive Director, Mr. Clement Osahon, the Centre for Good Governance (CGG), said it has come to its knowledge that a particular party who contested and lost the governorship election is covertly making overtures to INEC staff at the local government level to mutilate, destroy and burn the ballot papers in order to make their intended case at the Election Petition Tribunal easy for them.
“The question is that: if this party actually won the election, as its candidate is falsely claiming, why will their leaders be planning to destroy ballot papers, ahead of filing their case at the tribunal? “
“INEC has a constitutional obligation, to safeguard not only the used and unused ballot papers, but also, all the official documents used for the election, including results sheets and their duplicates”, the group stated; noting that the said materials belong to the INEC and “no political party or candidate can or should have access to the sensitive documents without seeking and obtaining an order to that effect duly given by the tribunal. ”