Kogi Decides 2019: Tension in Gbeleko as Speaker allegedly chases PDP agents
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has raised the alarm over harassment of its agents as the governorship election kicks off.
PDP alleged that Speaker of Kogi State House of Assembly, Matthew Kolawole allegedly chased away agents of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP as they engaged in multiple voting.
The party called on security agents and INEC to arrest the situation immediately.
The opposition party disclosed this in a tweet on its official Twitter handle.
The tweet read: “There is tension in Gbeleko in Egbeda as the Speaker of Kogi State House of Assembly chased away PDP agents and engaged in multiple voting and ballot stuffing with APC thugs.
“INEC and Police should arrest the situation.”
Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress, APC had earlier raised the alarm over the hijacking of electoral materials in Bayelsa State as the governorship election kicks off.
Deputy National Publicity Secretary of APC, Yekini Nabena alleged that thugs of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, hijacked electoral materials meant for Sagbama area of the state.
Kogi/Bayelsa Decide: INEC displays emergency lines as election begins
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has displayed help lines for voters to contact in case of any emergency in Bayelsa and Kogi States respectively.
INEC displayed the information on its official Twitter page.
The post reads: “In case of EMERGENCY, please call INEC on:
“Hotlines: 0700-2255-4632, 09050858629, 09050858675, 09050858649
08180958715, 08180958717, 08180958709
09025038466, 07086945927, 08120183063
07062896047, 08105119010, 08146697603.”
Voting stops at Ayewa Polling Unit 001 over bad card reader
Voting has been obstructed at the Ayewa 001 Polling Unit following a Card Reader problem.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had yesterday declared that under no circumstances will voting take place without the card reader.
INEC workers and voters are waiting patiently for a new directive from the electoral body.
Kogi Decides: Thugs allegedly hijack ballot box at Dino Melaye’s polling unit
A case of ballot box snatching has been reported in Kogi State.
Dino, Melaye, the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the Kogi West Senatorial District on Saturday raised the alarm over alleged hijack of ballot box by suspected thugs in his polling unit.
The lawmaker accused one Sunday Faleke of leading the thug to hijack the election materials shortly after he left the polling unit.
He tweeted, “Shortly after I left my polling unit, one Sunday Faleke led thugs who shot sporadically and carted away the ballot box.”
Governor Yahaya Bello has cast his vote at his Upogoro-Odenku Ward in Okene Local Government at about 8:50 am.
Bello was accompanied by his wife, Amina , who also voted at the same polling unit.
There nine polling units in the area with registration Code 11.
The voting process stated earlier at a slow pace in parts of Lokoja due to the late arrival of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials and election materials.
The Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Engr. Musa Wada in Kogi State has cast his vote.
Wada was seen casting his vote at his polling unit on Saturday.
Speaking after voting, Wada applauded the INEC and security officials who faulted the attempt by some thugs allegedly sponsored by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to disrupt the election.
He expressed confidence that he will emerge winner if the peace and orderly conduct of the polls is allowed to continue without any form of disruption.
Wada said: “The atmosphere is peaceful but some APC thugs tried to sabotage the process.
“I am happy the voting process has started and I believe I will emerge winner of this election
“If it continues this way I’ll say we would have a peaceful election but it’s too early to decide. It can all change because of those miscreants but I’ve warned the people and security agents to be vigilant.”
Accreditation at Ward A Polling Station, Growther/ Sabongari, Lokoja, was on at 8.35 a.m. when a correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) visited the polling station.
Voters were seen checking their names on the register pasted on the walls of Growther Memorial College, Lokoja, while others lined up, orderly, to be accredited.
The exercise was peaceful and orderly.
Men and officers of the Nigeria Police, Federal Road Safety Commission(FRSC), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, the Customs Service, among other security outfits kept vigil to ensure maintenance of law and order.
Electorates in Kogi State will today, Saturday, November 16, 2019, go to the polling units across the state, to choose the next governor who will pilot the affairs of the Confluence State for another four years.
The battle of who emerges governor of the state is clearly between the incumbent Governor, Yahaya Bello of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP’s Engr. Musa Wada.
There have also been records of violence with continued clashes between the two major political parties, PDP and APC heading to the Saturday’s polls.
Follow this thread for updates of results and incidents from different polling units in the state.