By Perez Brisibe
TWO persons reported to be supporters of the All Progressives Congress, APC, narrowly escaped death at a polling unit in Afiesere community, Ughelli North local government area of Delta State.
Afiesere community is the hometown of the State Commissioner for Finance, David Edevbie.
The incident, according to witnesses occurred after supporters of a rival party in the area, asked residents of the community to vote for their party after.
Meanwhile, Managing Director NEXIM Bank, Stella Okotete, has described the process at her Ekrerhavwen community polling unit as peaceful, saying, “we believe that it will be peaceful till the end of the elections.”
She said: “The people came out massively to vote the candidate of their choice, I can assure you that at the end of the election, the most popular candidate accepted by the people, both in the gubernatorial and the house of assembly across the state will be elected.”
…Armed men storm Ngor Okpala, steal voting materials
By Ifeanyi Nwoko
Voter apathy has been witnessed in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) as only very few people were seen at polling units for the area council chairmanship and councillorship polls.
Our correspondent who visited some of the polling units in Garki – area 2, area 1, area 10, area 3, area 7 and area 8, reported that the voter turnout was abysmally low.
At a polling unit in area 7, as at 8:00 a.m. when our correspondent visited, only three voters were sighted on ground and ready to vote.
NAN reports that in all the polling units visited, the ad-hoc staff were on ground and some of them were already set to begin accreditation.
At the area 1 primary school which has the highest number of voters, fewer than 50 voters were on ground as at the time of this report, compared to over 2000 voters who were present at about the same time during the Presidential election.
Unlike in the Presidential and National Assembly polls, the streets around polling units were not filled up with cars, while the roads were very empty.
Some of those at the polling units who spoke to our correspondent said that the voter apathy was not unconnected with the February 23 elections.
Some of them said they were disappointed their preferred candidate failed to win the presidential election.
At the area 1 Primary school, Mr Joseph Peter who was seen in night wears just strolling out of his house, said he was only coming to see the situation “not to vote”
Peter said he had gone through so much stress during the presidential election and was not happy with the final results hence his decision to boycott voting.
At area 2 National Library polling Unit 006, (National Library), an Engineer Mr Uche Alex also said that some people were unhappy with the presidential election results, won by President Muhammadu Buhari, by close to four million plural votes.
Atiku Abubakar, the preferred choice of Abuja residents lost the election.
However, a party agent at the Ward 005, Area 2 recreational park, attributed the low turnout to lack of interest in local elections.
He said that Nigerians were more interested in Presidential and National Elections than the chairmanship and counsellorship elections.
“You know in Nigeria we pick interest in national elections more than local elections, what is going on today is a local election and that is why the parties engage more canvassers to get people to come and vote.
“Many of the residents of the FCT do not even know what the chairmen or councillors do. Many people just complain about tenement rates and ground rent.
“I believe the time between the national election and local election is too short so there was not enough time to canvass,” he said
By Chidi Nkwopara, OWERRI
Three armed men in police uniform stormed Ward 6 Ngor Okpala, shot severally into the air and carried away voting materials a few minutes ago.
When Vanguard contacted the Control Room of the Independent National Electoral Commissione, INEC, Owerri, a Police officer in the room, who did not identify himself, confirmed that the police has received the report.
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“The Police Command has received the report and the Commissioner of Police has given specific instructions on the matter”, the officer told Vanguard
…We need military in the Niger Delta – Kokori
By Akpokona Omafuaire
OVU – Chief Frank Kokori, former NUPENG Secretary and All Progressive Congress, APC, Chieftain has justified the inclusion of military personnel in election duty.
Kokori while speaking on the election feared that the opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party only hope in the day election is massive rigging and as a result only military can curb same.
Kokori stressed that PDP has entrenched corruption in the politics of Delta and need to be uprooted to have a new lease of life.
He urged INEC to be neutral and conduct a free and fair election as he is optimistic of victory.
….Thugs set INEC office ablaze in Ebonyi
By Peter Okutu
Akbakaliki- Suspected political thugs in the early hours of Saturday attacked an Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, office in Ezza North local government area of Ebonyi state.
The Registration Area Center (RAC) in Umuoghara was attacked by the unidentified hoodlums around 2 am.
Vanguard reports that the fire, destroyed sensitive and non sensitive materials to be used for today’s governorship and State House of Assembly elections in the affected areas.
The hoodlums also burnt down Community Secondary School Okposi Umuoghara in the area.
Police Spokesman in the state, Loveth Odah and the Resident Electoral Commissioner for the state, Prof Godswill Obioma confirmed the attack.
” I got a call from the area that the RAC was under attack just few minutes ago. I am rushing back to command to ramp up response to the situation”. Odah said.
Obioma on his part said he has escalated the matter to the INEC headquarters Abuja.
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…Gov Okowa votes at 8:40
By Festus Ahon
ASABA-UNLIKE the last Presidential and National Assembly elections, election materials were distributed early most parts of the State with Governor Ifeanyi Okowa casting his vote in his hometown, Owe-Alero, Ika North East Local Government Area of the State.
Our correspondent who monitored the elections in Asaba, Agbor, and it’s environs reports that the election were going on peacefully in most of the polling units visited at press time.
Okowa who is the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, expressed confidence that voters would renew his mandate for another four years.
….Malfunctioned card readers at Sanwo-Olu’s polling unit
At All Progressives Congress (APC) Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s polling unit in Ikoyi, Lagos, one of the card readers used by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has malfunctioned.
An INEC official speaking said voting was yet to commence because they were trying to fix the machine.
…Buhari, Aisha vote in Daura
President Muhammadu Buhari and his wife, Aisha, on Saturday joined hundreds of other voters to exercise their civic rights at polling unit 003 Kofar Baru III, Gidan Niyam, Daura, Katsina State
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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the president accompanied by his wife arrived the polling unit at about 8.00a.m, where both of them were accredited and issued ballot papers by the unit presiding officer, Aliyu Abdullahi.
The president and his wife, with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) numbers 187 and 182, voted at exactly 8.08a.m to elect their preferred candidates for Katsina State governor and legislator.
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The Nigerian first couple had performed similar civic duties during the February 23 Presidential and National elections at the same polling unit.
President Buhari defeated his closest opponent, Atiku Abubakar,the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) when he polled15,191,847 as against 11, 255,978 scored by Atiku.
INEC had since offered President Buhari the certificate of return.