Armed security operatives with an intimidating demeanor were witnessed chasing away journalists who had arrived to cover the process of collating results for the supplementary governorship election in Adamawa State. The journalists, who had arrived at the collation center around 3pm to observe the process, were turned back by the security officers stationed at the entrance.
“This order is from above that we should not allow journalists inside the collation center for now,” a police officer firmly informed the reporters.
In the meantime, the Local Government Collation Officers, who were supposed to be in their respective local government areas to collate results from various wards, were reportedly held at the state collation center.
The agent of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Aliyu Idi Hong, alleged that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Hudu Yunusa, was making secretive attempts to relocate the state collation center to an undisclosed location. Despite attempts to reach out to the REC for comment, calls went unanswered.
The situation at the collation center and its surroundings is tense, with security operatives strategically positioned within the state capital.