Collation Center Clash: Imo State Returning Officer Rejects Comparison, Asserts Professional Identity

Prof Abayomi Fashina’s Warning: Rejecting Comparison with Prof Nnenna Oti

At the collation center for the Imo State governorship election, tensions rose as Prof Abayomi Fashina, the returning officer, issued a stern warning against being compared to Prof Nnenna Oti.

Oti, the Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology Owerri, had previously served as the Returning Officer for the governorship poll in Abia State and received acclaim for her handling of the election results.

Background: Oti’s Praise and Fashina’s Identity

Prof Nnenna Oti was hailed for her bravery during the collation of the election result in Abia State.

In contrast, Prof Abayomi Fashina, the Vice Chancellor of the Federal University Oye-Ekiti, emphasized the need to distinguish their roles and identities.


Collation Center Dispute: BVAS and IREV Backend Server Controversy

The dispute at the collation center escalated on Saturday when a party agent requested the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to check the result at the backend server of the Result Viewing Portal (IREV) or view the Bimodal Voters Accreditation System (BVAS).

The agent argued that a seven-day break for a review of the results was necessary to ensure the people of Imo State receive what they deserve.

Agent’s Plea: BVAS and IREV Review for Electoral Transparency

The party agent emphasized the importance of transparency and electoral integrity, urging INEC to adhere to guidelines and initiate a seven-day break for a comprehensive review.

The proposal aimed to ensure a thorough examination of records to guarantee accurate representation of the election results.


Fashina’s Firm Response: Rejecting Comparisons and Asserting Identity

In response to the agent’s plea, Prof Abayomi Fashina, visibly angry, asserted his individuality and professional identity. He vehemently rejected any comparison with Prof Nnenna Oti, emphasizing that their roles and backgrounds differ significantly.

Fashina, a Professor of Pedology, warned against associating him with any other individual, reiterating his international recognition in the field.

Firm Warning: Maintaining Independence and Professional Identity

Prof Abayomi Fashina’s warning underscored his commitment to maintaining independence in his role as the returning officer.

The clash at the collation center highlighted the tense atmosphere surrounding the election aftermath, with Fashina asserting his position and professional standing.


Conclusion: Imo State Election Fallout and Professional Integrity

The incident at the Imo State collation center reflects the complexity and controversies surrounding election processes.

Prof Abayomi Fashina’s firm warning serves as a reminder of the importance of maintaining professional integrity amidst disputes and comparisons. As the electoral events unfold, the focus remains on ensuring transparency and upholding the standards set by INEC guidelines.**

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