Eagle eyed residents of Obokun Local Government Area of Osun State early Friday, 8th August, 2014 arrested an official of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) distributing ballot papers and boxes round some communities in the local government even while INEC has not officially commenced distribution of such sensitive materials.
Thegazellenews.com learnt exclusively that the man and the driver were first noticed around Esa Oke on Thursday, 7th August, 2014 with their suspicious movement. This, allegedly prompted over 200 youths and residents of various communities all over communities to begin serious search for the INEC official and the driver and they were finally arrested at about 1.50am on Friday, 8th August, 2014.
They were taken to Obokun police station where youths insisted that the truck must be opened. When it was eventually opened, it was discovered that it contained loads of ballot papers and boxes.
The INEC official allegedly confessed that he had distributed the materials to about 10 locations in the council area.
Both the official and driver were later handed over to the officials of the Directorate of State Security (DSS) who are reported to be transferring the suspects to the state headquarters in Osogbo.
This is the latest illegalities unearthed by eagle eyed residents of Osun state who appeared very determined to ensure that it is their votes that count on Saturday, 9th August, 2014 during the governorship election.
On Thursday, a boullion van was allegedly intercepted with thumb-printed ballot papers being brought into the state.
Still on Thursday, 7th August, 2014, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, addressed a press conference where he exposed alleged Peoples Democratic Party (PDP’s) plan to announce a pre-planned election result in their favour.
Just this week, residents of Akoda Ede arrested some PDP members with INEC machine and ballot papers and handed them over to the Army.