…Govt closes Adamawa, Benue, Sokoto borders
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), is set to conduct make-up governorship and legislative elections in 17 states and the FCT on Saturday, March 23, where elections were declared inconclusive.
The supplementary governorship election will hold in 6 states namely, Bauchi, Kano, Benue, Plateau, and Sokoto, while the State House of Assembly elections will hold in 17 states including Adamawa, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Ebonyi, Edo, Ekiti, Imo, Lagos, Kaduna ,Kano, Kogi, Nasarawa, Osun, Plateau, Sokoto, Taraba and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.
The supplementary governorship election in Bauchi State will not hold in Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area upon a court order.
The commission made this known to Journalists on Thursday, March 21 in Abuja, through its National Commissioner and Chairman of Information and Voter Education Committee, Mr Festus Okoye.
Okoye who also announced that a new timeline to conclude governorship and state legislative elections in Rivers State said that INEC will resume collation and announcement of results in Rivers State between April 2 and 5, hold supplementary elections on April 13 and release the results on or before April 15.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government has ordered the closure of land borders in Adamawa, Benue, and Sokoto states during the supplementary polls.
Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Thursday, March 21, adding that the closure of the borders is effective from Friday, March 22 up until noon of Sunday, March 14.
He explained that the aim is to restrict movement across the borders of the affected states during the election.
“The public is to take note and ensure compliance,” he said.