The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), is expected to pay the Central Bank of Nigeria and Nigerian Air Force over N1 billion for storing and conveying electoral materials across the country.
According to PUNCH, in a copy of INEC’s 2019 election project plan seen reads that, “Provision for Central Bank of Nigeria charges for storage and logistics including NAF charges: N1,050,000, 000.00.
“Storage and logistics of sensitive election materials in all our 36 states and FCT at CBN for the two elections at N28,378,378.38.”
The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, had said at a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday that the Air Force deployed eight aircraft to airlift 633,790kg of sensitive and non-sensitive materials for the polls.
He added that the aircraft flew 340 hours in 257 sorties with about 120 crew members involved, comprising pilots, technicians and other specialties operating round the clock.
It was learnt that a lot of time, money and energy were expended on logistics because of many errors on the part of INEC.
Some of the items were wrongly distributed, which ultimately led to a postponement of the polls, thereby making it necessary for certain expenses to be repeated.
For instance, some result sheets for the presidential and National Assembly elections meant for Imo State were discovered to be in Gombe and Ondo states. Similarly, some result sheets meant for Gombe State had been found in Imo State.