In an announcement made by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday, it was revealed that elections scheduled for November 11 in Bayelsa and Imo states will not take place in 40 polling units.
The commission also released the list of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) collected in Kogi, Imo, and Bayelsa states ahead of the elections. Imo State, boasting the highest number of registered voters, reported the highest number of uncollected voter cards, totaling 101,003 uncollected PVCs.
Additionally, Bayelsa had approximately 39,249 uncollected PVCs, while Kogi State reported 99,494 uncollected PVCs.
The detailed breakdown provided by INEC included information on polling units, local government areas, registration areas/wards, names of polling units, code numbers, the number of registered voters, and the number of collected as well as uncollected PVCs.
Notably, the list highlighted two polling units in Bayelsa State and 38 in Imo State without any registered voters.
Furthermore, the Federal Government allocated a sum of N18 billion for the conduct of the governorship elections in Bayelsa, Imo, and Kogi states. This information was disclosed by the Minister of Budget and Economic Planning, Atiku Bagudu, following the Federal Executive Council Meeting. He stated that the allocated funds had been included in the N2.1 trillion 2023 supplementary budget.
As the majority of Nigeria’s continue to endure the horror of a near parasitic institution that seem to exist soley for syphoning of state funds and the systemic disenfranchisement of those from particular regions, many are now beginning to wonder if the placement of same controversial figure- Mahmood Yakubu, a fulani and an arab religion adherent- is indeed an intentional move against Nigerian natives from certain regions