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Low turn out in Kogi amidst shooting, ballot box-snatching by armed thugs

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The House of Assembly election in Kogi State yesterday witnessed violent outcomes as hoodlums in fake police and army uniforms scared away voters at polling units.
During the presidential and House of Assembly election Kogi west and Central were relatively peaceful except Kogi East where violence in Dekina and Igalamela Local Governments led to the death of about three persons and cancellation of election in about 129 poling units.
However in yesterday election there were shootings opposite Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Cathedral Lokoja by some hoodlums in fake police and army uniforms.
They scared away voters at the polling units opposite Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Cathedral Lokoja.

Sunday Adejoh a staff of the Justice, Development and Peace Commission, said many people from Karaworo Polling Station ran into the church premises for safety.

Adejoh said “as we are talking, all of us are lying down to escape being hit by stray bullets’’.

Also, at Oke Egbe Polling Unit 01 in Yagba West Local Government Area, a man was shot on the leg when some people invaded the polling unit to snatch ballot box and other materials.
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The victim, identified as Tunde Oladipo, was said to have joined hands with others at the polling unit to prevent the armed thugs from snatching the ballot box.

The invaders were however prevented from going away with the ballot box

The election witnessed voters aparthy at Dekiba/Bassa due to overnight sporadic shooting that scared the people from turning up for the election.

Though the election commenced peacefully and early in parts of Dekina and Ofu Local Government on Saturday.

Guardian checks revealed that simultaneous accreditation and voting commenced in most polling units visited in Dekina Local Government and Ochadamu in Ofu Local Government.

At Dekina in Sabongari ward unit 001 and 002 and Sabongari Market Square, the electoral materials and INEC officials arrived early with registration and voting following almost immediately.

The Eje-Dekina, Alhaji Usman Obaje who voted at Sabongari ward unit 002 commended INEC for the early arrival of materials and staff as he equally applauded the people for their peaceful conduct.

The traditional ruler urged the people and INEC officials to maintain the peaceful atmosphere to the end of the exercise but decried the low turn out of voters which he said was being replicated in other polling units.

Danjuma Alhassan, the Assistant Presiding Officer at Sabongari Market Square, Dekina, said the arrangement was quite in order and everything was going on smoothly only that turnout was low.

At Ochadamu Ward, Unit 003 the Presiding Officer, Kemi Osikoya said the materials got to the polling unit before 08.00 a.m and accreditation and voting commenced immediately and at about 9:40 am, few voters were seen on queue.

Also at Ochadamu, Helen Okorie, the Presiding Officer for LGEA/UEC Primary School Unit 004 said the conduct was peacful though turn out was low compared with that of February 23.

Meanwhile, some youths of Orokere community had earlier on Saturday conducted a peaceful demonstration to the palace of their traditional ruler, to protest against the alleged importation of thugs to their community by suspected opposition party members.

The youths alleged that the thugs were imported by some politicians in the area to cause mayhem and disrupt the electoral process.

Mr Segun Peter, the youth leader, who spoke on behalf of the youths at the palace, urged the monarch to call the politicians to order so as to forestall a breakdown of law and order during the elections.

“The thugs threatened to disrupt the electoral process in the community, and unleash terror on members of opposition parties.

“The thugs also threatened that voters, who have decided not to vote for their candidates should not bother to come out to vote.

“We are peace-loving people, our youths are ready to stand firm and resist any form of intimidation to protect our votes,” Peter said.

The monarch, Chief Ajayi Mejedi, the Ajugbonjagun of Orokere land, praised the youths for the peaceful protest and promised to call the people mentioned to order.

“This election will be different; nobody should foment any form of trouble before, during, and after the election,” the monarch warned.

He urged the people to go out and cast their votes peacefully for the candidates of their choice.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Saturday postponed the state House of Assembly election across Mopamuro Local Government Area of Kogi state.

The Electoral Officer, Mopamuro LGA, Mr Opanachi Ojodale, spoke at the INEC office in Mopa, that the election was postponed to Sunday March 10, due to wrong ballot papers that were taken to the area.

According to Ojodale, the ballot papers belonging to Akpa LGA in Kogi East, were taken to Mopamuro LGA, development that was discovered in the early hours of Saturday (election day).

He indicated that the new ballot papers for Mopamuro would arrive the LG office later in the day, from Abuja

INEC’s office in Mopamuro on Friday night distributed election materials to Registration Area Centres (RACs) at the ward level across the LGA.

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Bogoro youths reject LG election results, over massive rigging

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Bogoro youths reject LG election results, over massive rigging

From Ali Sara, Bauchi

Concerned Bogoro Youth Forum in Bogoro Local Government Area of Bauchi State have rejected the Local Government election results that took place last Saturday.
They alleged that the election was characterised by massive rigging.

The Youth Forum protested in Bogoro LGA capital to register their grievances.
They said, “This is the first time in our history that we are witnessing an election like this whereby results were being announced while voting was still ongoing.
“We demand that our votes must count adding whoever wins at the poll should be declared winner, we are not supporting any particular political party, but we need justice and fairness”.

The Chairman of the Forum Mr. Jerome Issac alleged that in Bogoro, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) agents were seen abandoning ballot papers and other sensitive election materials

Isaac lamented that the results were announced and PDP candidates declared winners when the votes had not been collated”. He said.

“All we want is that our votes must be counted before declaring the winner of the election. I want to also remind the Governor that this was not what happened during his election in 2019 when the people stood by him and elected him as their leader, this shows that he is not a democrat and it is not good for our fledging democracy”.
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You may recall that the Peoples Democratic Party won all seats in the LG election from councillorship level to the Chairmananship.
Even some members of the state Assembly have rejected the results.

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LG election: Dogara’s aides express confidence of victory

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From Ali Sara, Bauchi

As the people of Bauchi State file out tomorrow to exercise their franchise in the Local Government election, the battle for supremacy between the two major gladiating political parties; the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressive Congress (APC) is expected to play out.

The immediate past speaker of the House of representatives Honorable Yakubu Dogara who recently joined the APC in his Bogoro local government has vowed to leave no stone unturned having embarked on door to door campaign to ensure victory.
Those vying for the chairmanship seat in the local government are Honorable Bulus Iliya of APC and Honorable Iliya Habila of PDP who are both former Senior Special Assistants to the former Speaker.

Flagging off his campaign Wednesday Honorable Iliya said that he is not afraid of the ruling party because the youth and women are with him.

According to him, he cannot be intimidated by anybody saying he does whatever he sets out to do without fear.
“I don’t fear face because I believe in God and God decide who will rule the LGA. I am not afraid that I am contesting against the ruling party, why because I know the masses are with me and I am sure I will defeat PDP on saturday”.

The APC candidate alleged that the only option for the ruling People’s Democratic Party is to try to manipulate the election because they have the government.
He expressed the believe that with God and the people by his side he will win the election.

“Definitely, if they are going to conduct a credible election we will be victorious come this Saturday”, he confidently boasted.

He called on the electorate to be law abiding, even as he advised them to protect their votes.

On his part Honorable Iliya Habila who is the immediate past Care taker Chairman of Bogoro LGA and the flag bearer of the PDP said he does not need to campaign because within the ten months of his stewardship in office the people can testify to his giant strides in the area of human and infrastructure development.

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Lawan congratulates Ondo Governor on re-election

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President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan has sent a congratulatory message to the Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, on his re-election to a second term at Saturday’s election.
Lawan also congratulated the All Progressives Congress (APC) on the victory of its candidate at the election, saying the triumph is well-deserved and heart warming.This was contained in a statement that was issued in Abuja yesterday by his special adviser on media Ola Awoniyi.The president of the senate noted that the election was a referendum on the stewardship of Governor Akeredolu in the last four years and that the Governor has passed the examination in flying colours.
The Senate President commended the people of Ondo State for their peaceful conduct at the poll, which has demonstrated their confidence in their country’s democratic process.
He also thanked the Ondo people for their consistency in identifying with progressive platforms now ably represented by the APC.
“By the outcome of this election, the people of Ondo State have spoken in a loud and unambiguous voice that the APC offers the best platform for the pursuit of their development goals and political aspirations.
“The electoral victory in Ondo State is a re-affirmation of the people’s faith in the APC government and the capacity of Governor Akeredolu to continue the transformation of  the state by consolidating on his achievements and opening new frontiers of development in the Sunshine State,” Lawan says.
The Senate President admonished the Governor not to deviate from the path that has taken him to a fresh mandate from his people. He also urges him to continue to implement APC’s progressive programmes for the benefit of all Ondo people.
Lawan called on other contestants in the election to join hands with the winner in working for the common good of Ondo people.

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