Most of the names shortlisted as ad hoc staff in Adamawa State have been replaced at the last minute, a source at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has complained to SaharaReporters.
"Most of the people who were originally shortlisted just woke up on Thursday morning to discover that their names had been removed and replaced with names, majority of which were Muslims," he said. "The replacements were most evident in Metropolitan Local Government in Yola North."
The source also raised the alarm about the possibility of inadequate supply of sensitive and non-sensitive materials for the conduct of Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections.
Speaking exclusively with SaharaReporters, the source said "as of midnight on Thursday, both sensitive and non-sensitive materials delivered to Adamawa State were inadequate”.
"You may wish to call the Resident Electoral Commissioner for confirmation. Please ask him to give you figures categorically. I'm telling you in all sincerity, ballot papers as brought to Adamawa are not complete. By the way, the situation is the same, virtually in all the states. You can find out,” he said.
However, Kashim Gaidam, the Adamawa REC, denied the claim, saying: "As I speak with you, I'm at CBN supervising the release of materials for the conduct of the election. Be rest assured materials have been supplied enough for the exercise tomorrow.”
Efforts to contact political parties were not successful as calls directed to the mobile phones of Tahir Shehu, the Peoples Democratic Party Chairman in the state, and Mohammed Abdullahi, the state All Progressives Congress (APC) Publicity Secretary, for clarification were both rejected.
Adamawa State is the home of Atiku Abubakar, the PDP presidential candidate and lead challenger of President Muhammadu Buhari in tomorrow's polls.