- The nation’s electoral umpire has finally addressed the issue regarding the contract of the APC governorship candidate’s company
- INEC in a statement shared on its Twitter page confirmed it awarded the printing of election materials for the 2023 polls to a company owned by APC guber candidate, Hajia Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed Binani
- Meanwhile, reports indicate that the Binani Printing Press Limited, owned by the APC guber candidate was awarded N434,372,649 to print election results sheets for the 2023 general elections
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has finally confirmed it awarded the printing of some sensitive materials for the 2023 elections to a company owned by a sitting Senator and a governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Adamawa state.
The nation’s electoral umpire in a statement signed by its national commissioner, Festus Okoye and posted on its Twitter page on Thursday, March 16 and explained why the commission awarded a contract for the printing of sensitive Electoral materials to a company, Binani Printing Press.
Why did INEC award the contract to Binani’s company
Meanwhile, the commission awarded the printing of governorship result sheets for Jigawa, Kaduna, Kebbi, Kaduna, Kano, Zamfara and Sokoto states to Binani Printing Press Limited, a company owned by Aishatu Ahmed, a Senator representing Adamawa central in the 9th National Assembly. She is also the governorship candidate of the APC in Saturday’s election.
But INEC said the company got the contract through open bidding, and that it was not aware of its relationship with the senator.
“Procurements in the Commission go through open competitive bidding and Binani Printing Press Limited was one of the security printing companies that applied to print security documents for the Commission,” INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, said.
Nigerians took to the Twitter comment section of the commission and reacted to the development.
“Y’all are jokers.”
“Anything INEC denies just know it’s true. No truth in INEC.”
“You have betrayed Nigeria trust, even this Saturday election, with all your assurances, we are on our own.”
“Very Soon we will Know what and how you spent the 355 billion naira that you collected.”
“I thought @cenbank is responsible for the printing of sensitive Election Materials.
“So @inecnigeria has decided to contract it to contractors. You have bridged our trust as a nation.”
“She may not be a Director but is she a shareholder? Or did she just resign and the filings made and as such?
March 18 election: IGP orders restriction of movement on Saturday
In another development, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Usman Alkali Baba has ordered the restriction of all forms of vehicular movements on roads, waterways, and other forms of transportation on Saturday, March 18, from 12: 00 a.m. to 6: 00p.m across all states where elections will be conducted.
The restriction, the police boss said, is with the exception of those on essential services.
The police directive, Baba said, excludes the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) as no election will be conducted therein.
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