Monday 27 February 2023


By: Valentine Adese (JP),

Surprise, as suspected thugs on Monday evening (yesterday), invaded the Collation Center for the Presidential and National Assembly elections for Plateau Northern Senatorial District at Jos North Local Government Council.

REALITY gathered that, the thugs chased away INEC officials before Party Agents could sign the results announced by the umpire.

An official of Jos North Local Government Council (LGC), who witnessed the disruption at the Collation Center, confirmed this development to Journalists on Monday.

The Council official (Name withheld) said, “Trouble started when the party agents were asked to sign the results for the Bassa/Jos North Federal Constituency, as announced by the Returning Officer, Dr. Nehemiah Sanda, which indicated that the PDP candidate, Musa A. Agah won the election with 59337.

According to him, the Agent of the PRP’s candidate, who scored the second highest number of votes 58460, rejected the results and insisted that, no result sheets would be signed at the Collation nor the winner announced.

As the INEC officials were trying to prevail on the party Agent to allow them do their job, the thugs believed to be loyal PRP, invaded the Collation Center and chased INEC officials away and prevented them from declaring the winners.

“We don’t know what the thugs  could  have done if not that a Senior Police Officer, DC Afebuamhe, quickly came in and seized the election results.” He added.

The Returning Officer for the Presidential Election at the Collation Center, Dr. Lazurus Maigoro, on his part, also confirmed the disruption of the election exercise by the thugs to Journalists.

Maigoro said, “Yes, it is true that thugs invaded our Collation Centre, while we were doing our job. It is now up to INEC to know what to do next!”

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