By Ehi Ekhator
There has been violence reported across several states where Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is conducting a suplementary election in the north of Nigeria.
INEC declared the elections in Adamawa, Bauchi, Plateau, Kano, and Sokoto inclusive due to several reasons.
Suspected thugs attacked electoral officials and political party agents accompanying voting materials in Benue State.
Narrating the incident, Yilwatda said thugs attacked the electoral officials on their way to Chito Adzendechi Council Ward, the headquarters of Ukum Local Government Area where the supplementary election was meant to hold.
The hoodlums also burnt electoral materials in the process.
He confirmed the rescuing of the political party agents and electoral officials from the area.
Due to the incident, the voting processes for the over 13,000 voters in the ward have been cancelled.
In Nassarawa local government area of Kano state, suspected thugs disrupted the electoral process at Suntulma Gama Primary School, chasing voters away from polling units.
The thugs wore T-shirt with inscription of one of the leading political parties and threatened voters with dangerous weapons
Journalists like Maduabuchi Nmeribe of The Authority and Kola Oyelere of Tribune were attacked.
According to NAN’s report, trouble started when journalists attempted to interview voters who were denied access into the
Some of the journalists fell on the ground while trying to run from the scene of attack while some took refuge at a nearby mosque.
A reporter with the Nigerian Television, NTA was attacked in Minjibir Local government area of Kano and his vehicle windscreen was destroyed.
One of the voters, Dahiru Sa’ad was allegedly beaten until he lost two of his teeth after he stubbornly voted for the Peoples Democratic Party instead of the All Progressive Congress he was instructed to vote for.
Another voter, Nasir Mansur Mohammed escaped death by whisker after thugs loyal to the APC attacked him for wanting to vote for PDP in Gama Ward Kano State.
Explaining his ordeal, Mansur said “Alhamdulillah. I survived. I was violently attacked by APC thugs at Santulma Primary School polling unit at Gama Ward in Kano today Saturday. I was saved by the grace of God and some good samaritans who also took me to Gwagwarwa hospital where I was admitted for 3 hours, stitched and discharged.”
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party in Kano State has announced its rejection of the ongoing supplementary governorship election holding in 28 local government areas.
The Chairman of the PDP, Rabiu Bichi addressed journalists on Saturday, saying its voters were intimidated.
The State Chairman said he had informed the police command in the state on Friday about APC plans to import thugs from neighbouring states.
“ What is happening today is not election. Thugs have taken over most polling units and have been attacking our members and voters.
“Many have been injured, in fact, a member of the state Assembly representing Gwale, Yusuf Babangida on election duty was attacked and seriously injured.
“ We also have reports of attack on our members in Doguwa, Gwale and Dala, we are collecting the whole list of those attacked,” he said.
The PDP chairman said the party would seek legal redress.
“We are going to pursue our right through legal means. Today is a sad day for Nigerian democracy, especially in Kano
“ Recall that governorship elections were held on March 9 not just in Kano but Nigeria as a whole
“ After the election, results from 43 out of 44 local governments were announced and we were leading, it was only the results from Nasarawa local government were pending and that was because the state deputy governor, the commissioner for local government and chairman of Nasarawa local government led some thugs to attack the collation centre and disrupt the process by tearing the result sheet
“ That is why INEC called for this supplementary election. As you all know, the Nigerian constitution doesn’t know anything supplementary election; all I know is that we have won our election. What is happening in Kano today is simply foolishness,” he said.
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