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Thugs Set INEC Office On Fire, As PDP’s Atiku Coasts To Early Historic Victory

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar, in what appears to be an early lead, is going for a historic manifestation in the 2019 general elections.

Reports gathered so far, indicate that the PDP won in various strongholds of the incumbent All Progressives Congress, APC, which differ from the 2015 general elections, where President Muhammadu Buhari came tops.

Inside sources at the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, collation centre, affirmed this lead with results coming in from various State collating centres.

Meanwhile, a section of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Office, in Ijebu-Ijesha Oriade Local Government, in Osun, has been gutted by fire.

The incident occurred around on Sunday morning.

It gathered that some hoodlums suspected to be political thugs, allegedly set a section of the building ablaze, along with some election materials.

An electric generator owned by the Commission was also burnt.

Some of the staff at the building, however, fled the scene.

Confirming the incident, Olusegun Agbaje, the Osun Resident Electoral Commissioner, said that it was a minor incident.

Agbaje disclosed that the fire did not affect Saturday’s election results.

“What happened was purely criminal, and does not have any political undertone.

“Some of our staff heading to the Office, met some yahoo-yahoo boys on their way.

“On getting to our Office, they discovered that the hoodlums were after them.

“Our staff dropped the election materials and the generator with them, and fled.

“The hoodlum thereafter poured the petrol in the generator on the election materials and set them ablaze.

“What I heard was that the hoodlums said someone called them a nickname which angered them, but whosoever called them the nickname is not one of our staff.

“But I can authoritatively confirm to you that the election results were not affected, and the building was not razed’’, Agbaje said.

The REC, added that the Collation Officer for the Local Government was already at the INEC State Headquarters collation centre, in Osogbo, with the election results.

Agabaje also said that no lives were lost.

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