NO LESS THAN 20 people were thought dead yesterday during the governorship and state assembly elections, which were marred by violence, voter repression, and indifference in various parts of the nation.
The Bimodal Voters Accreditation System (BVAS) machines malfunctioned, INEC officials failed to show up on time or arrived late in some polling units, and election officials refused to upload results from the polls to the INEC Results Viewing Portal (IRev), as was the case during the February 25 presidential election.
Vote buying and selling, ballot paper stealing and destruction, and BVAS incidents were also reported.
These incidents took place on the same day when no less than five Vanguard reporters were assaulted or subjected to harassment while covering the elections in Lagos.
In the meantime, 19 election officers were kidnapped in Imo before being freed, and 16 INEC ad-hoc personnel were attacked and voting materials, including ballot boxes, were damaged in Odoakpu Ward 7 of Onitsha South Local Government Area of Anambra State.
State. The 20 fatalities occurred in Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Delta, Benue, Niger, and Osun, and a similar number of persons were shot.
In Delta, a house was destroyed and 5 people were thought dead.
Five people reportedly died during the election at Mosogar and Oghara in the Ethiopia West Local Government District in Delta.
There were reportedly four shooting deaths in Mosogar and one at Oghara. All Progressives Congress, APC, leader, and former chairman of Ethiopia West Local Government Area Dr. Wilson Omene’s home was set on fire by suspected political thugs.
Thugs went on the rampage in Evwreni, Ughelli North LGA, attacked INEC workers, and smashed about three BVAS machines and electoral supplies.
The incident caused voting to be disrupted in nearby polling places and resulted in the injury of some electoral officers.
An election-monitoring crew of journalists was unable to enter the neighborhood because to the ravaging thugs.
According to sources, certain security employees who had been stationed in the neighborhood were compromised and oversaw the process of disruption.
According to accounts, the victims of the Mosogar mayhem perished following a gunfight between security personnel and enraged youngsters.
In the same way that Omene claimed an opposition party member was responsible for the attack on his home and vehicle, some young people also pledged to exact retribution for the death of one Oburuche.
A young man allegedly lost his hand after a fight in one of the local polling places at Amukpe, close to Sapele.
Contrary to the presidential and National Assembly elections on February 25, there was a low voter turnout yesterday, yet election supplies arrived early at numerous polling places around Delta.
According to reports, the voting supplies arrived at the various RAC Centers on Friday, and as of seven o’clock in the morning, INEC officials had started distributing the supplies to the various units.
Voting and accreditation had already begun at a number of polling places in Warri, Uvwie, and other areas of the state by 10 am.
Several voters chose not to participate in the process because they had doubts about the election umpire’s sincerity.
Voting began between 8 and 8.30 in the morning in Asaba, the state capital, Ogwashi-Uku, Kwale, Oleh, Ozoro, Agbor, Ughelli, Obiaruku, and Aboh, where security personnel was conspicuously present.
In his Unit 17, Ward 02 (Eghoma Primary School), Owa-Alero in the Ika North-East LGA at 9:50 a.m., Governor Ifeanyi Okowa declared: “Everything is working great here. We hope they can get together before the voting is over, but there are a few people who are having trouble getting to their units due of limitations.
Marilyn Daramola, the PDP’s candidate for the House of Assembly in the Ika North-East district and the governor’s daughter, expressed confidence that the party will win both the governorship and the House of Assembly elections.
Sheriff Oborevwori, the PDP candidate for governor of Delta State, cast his ballot in Oha Ward One, Unit 33, Osubi, Okpe LGA at precisely 9:30 am. He expressed optimism that he would win and noted that his party had worked extremely hard for it.
Oborevwori emphasized that every important stakeholder must work to promote the democratic process in Nigeria and expressed his expectation that the INEC will conduct the election accurately and peacefully throughout the state.
Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, his APC rival, expressed hope that his party will prevail in the election when he voted at his Orogun Ward 2 Unit 19, Ughelli North LGA, at 11:11 a.m.
Chief Great Ogboru, an APGA candidate for governor, stated: “Up till now, there has been calm. So let’s wait till later today to assess the issue. Before we begin to evaluate, let us hear the results whether the uploading of the unit results will occur.