The southwest Nigeria’s Ogun State governor Ibikunle Amosun on Saturday alleged ballot box snatching, illegal thumb printing of ballot papers and buying of votes by politicians in some parts of the state during the governorship and House of Assembly elections.
Amosun who made the allegations while speaking with journalists, mentioned Ipokia and Ijebu areas, Ikenne and Abeokuta as parts of the places where such irregularities and manipulations have occurred.
He also claimed that some people in possession of ballot papers were arrested by soldiers in Itele area and taken to the barracks.
Amosun said although he was not at the scene of the electoral crimes, he was “briefed on the phone” by people whose identity he did not disclose.
“I’ve been briefed about some security breaches which I want to believe that security operatives have put in check, particularly now that voting has commenced. That’s why I said I hope the security operatives would be up to the task,” he added.
“I’ve been told about those cases in Ipokia, Ikenne, even in Abeokuta; people bringing money to the place, openly distributing money to lure people to vote. But those ones I know that the security operatives will do their jobs,” the governor told reporters.
He commended the eligible voters in the state who turned out to cast their votes. Enditem