#NigeriaDecides: Skytrend Live Update Of 2019 Guber, State Assembly Polls

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SKYTREND LIVE UPDATE

#NigeriansDecide: Suspected Cultists Disrupt Voting In Osun

Suspected cultists a few minutes after voting commenced on Saturday invaded a polling centre in Ilaje, a neighborhood within Ilesha metropolis of Osun State and disrupted the election.

Ademiotan Olusola, a voter, who was at Unit 9, Ward 7, Methodist High School, Ilaje, when the incident happened told our correspondent that the suspects came with 10 motocyles and attacked one Banji Oyewumi.

“The incident disrupted voting as many that were in the queue left for fear of being attacked by the hoodlums started beating Oyeyemi inside the polling booth. Those that came are cultists. We know them in this area.

“After leaving Ilaje, the hoodlums also went to polling booths around Isale General and Ogbedengbe Area,” Olusola said.

A security source, who pleaded anonymity because she was not authorised to comment on the matter, in a chat with our correspondent, confirmed the incident.

She said security men on patrol were later deployed and the hoodlums were chased out of the area.

“Normalcy has returned to the area. Voting is on presently, the security source said.

Suspected Thugs Attack INEC Officials, Set RAC Ablaze In Ebonyi

Suspected political thugs on Saturday (today) attacked officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission at Community Secondary School, Okposi Umuoghara (07), in Ezza North Local Government Area of Ebonyi state.

An eyewitness, was quoted by Punch Newspaper as saying that the incident took place at about 2 a.m. on Saturday.

He added that the suspected thugs also set ablaze a school, which served as the Registration Area Centre.

When contacted, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Prof Godswill Obioma, reluctantly declined to confirm the incident.

“Do your work. Do your work”, Obioma simply told journalists on the phone.

But, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, ASP Loveth Odah, said the report of the incident had gotten to her office.

Hoodlums Set Ablaze Primary School Containing Electoral Materials In Benue — EO

All electoral materials for Mbalom ward in Gwer East Local Government Area of Benue State, were in the early hours of Saturday burnt by armed hoodlums.

According to a witness, the hoodlums on arrival fired shots in the air before setting on fire the RCM Primary School Aya, housing the materials.

Mrs Ngunan Yongo, the Electoral Officer for the local government area, confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria in a telephone conversation.

The EO said the materials were yet to be distributed to polling units in the ward when the attack occurred.

“The entire materials were burnt,” she lamented.

However, no official of the commission including ad hoc staff was hurt.

She explained that a final decision over the conduct of the elections in the area would be communicated later.

Mr Thaddeus Ujah, a senior staff of the commission, also confirmed the early morning attack.

“Right now I can’t say anything, I am overwhelmed; we were not expecting anything of that nature. I am short of words. I can’t see some of my people, they ran into the bush, some of them got injured. For me, the most important thing to me now is to get those people and take them back”.

Ujah said he was posted newly in the area and could not ascertain the exact number of ad hoc staff, who are missing until he takes a roll call.

(NAN)

JUST IN: President Buhari, Wife Vote In Daura

…President ask security agencies to tackle challenges
…Says he is not surprised PDP went to court

President Muhammadu Buhari and his wife, Aisha, have just cast their ballots in the Governorship and State Houses of Assembly elections.

The pair voted in Daura, Katsina State around 8.04am.

Buhari, as usual, arrived at his polling unit in Sarkin Yara A Ward Polling Unit 003 by 8 a.m. and was received by waiting Independent National Electoral Commission officials.

He did accreditation and voting within a few minutes of arriving at the venue.

Speaking with journalists shortly upon voting, Buhari said he was sure security agencies would address issues of violence trailing the polls.

He also spoke on the Peoples Democratic Party challenging his own victory at the February 23 presidential election, saying, “I was expecting it.”

Buhari and his wife departed the venue within 10 minutes of arriving there.






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