The rate with which new faces are trooping into Anambra State for the past two days, inspite of the retinue of policemen and other security operatives deployed to the state, is an indication that there could be thuggery activities in today’s election .
Although both security operatives and even the party leaders have warned youths against thuggery and other electoral malpractices, the strange faces are already visible in various parts of AwkaCapitalTerritory.
It is most likely that such strange faces would be spreading in other parts of the state, particularly in local governments, wards and polling units from the crucial period of accreditation, voting proper, counting of votes and declaration of results, as usual.
Apart from INEC offices where policemen are expected to be guarding meticulously, it is common that the thugs being recruited by various political parties would definitely position themselves in strategic positions in favour of their own candidates.
Such places where the hoodlums are likely to mount, apart from AwkaCapitalTerritory, are Ogidi, Nkpor and Obosi in Idemili North Local Government Area.
Idemili South, Ojoto, Nnobi, Awka-Etiti, Nnokwa are likely going to harbour some thugs, just like in Anaocha, some places like Adazi-Enu, Adazi-Ani, Neni, Adazi-Nnukwu could be disastrous.
The possibility of their presence in Onitsha commercial city will not be in doubt because Onitsha North, Onitsha South and Ogbaru local governments areas are the stronghold of the MASSOB members some of whom might become willing tools for such thuggery activities.
There are also street urchins, youth organizations and the jobless individuals who could join the trend out of frustration and hunger.
Already, there are announcements going on all over the state that any one who cast his or her vote should go home and rest, but the issue remains that if everybody votes and goes home, leaving only the party agents, there could be chaos within the voting arena.