BY BOLUWAJI OBAHOPO, LOKOJA
The Kogi state governorship election held Saturday went peacefully in all the 21 Local government area of the state aside some little upheaval in Anyigba, Dekina LG where hoodlums attack some polling units.
It took the efforts of security operatives who were drafted to the area to arrest some of the hoodlums and brought the situation under control.
Though INEC polling officials arrived early at their duties post along with voting materials but their was mixed feeling on the use of card reader as some of the card readers malfunction forcing the official to result to the use of manual accreditation.
One of the victims of the card reader malfunctioning was the Governor of the state, Capt. Idris Wada who by 11:30 am had gone for accreditation only for his finger print to be rejected by the card reader.
Also, there was a mild drama at the odu 001 polling unit in Ogboyaga, Dekina LG, when the name of the governors wife, Hajia Halima Wada, was not found on the voters list.
However, the deputy governor of the state, Yomi Awoniyi has expressed fear that the APC will still rig the election.
Yomi stated this shortly after casting his vote along with his wife, Tokunbo Awoniyi at the Ileteju Ward 002, in Mopa, Mopamuro LG said, information reaching him shows that 10 buses carrying ‘foreign’ body were seeing entering the state.
“We (PDP) can only win this election if it is free and fair, but will doubt that, judging by the body language of the opposition. But going by our projection, PDP will win with 55 percent of the votes.”
Though their were huge turnout of voters at many of the gladiators home town across the state, some other places visited reflect voters apathy.
The candidate of the Labour party Dr. Philip Salau said the exercise is orderly except few polling units where he had information that card readers are not functioning and late arrival of materials.
” Before now, we had reliable information that a political party would jammed the card readers to justify the use of manual accreditation so that they can thumprint the ballot papers. We petitioned INEC on this and it seems our prediction is right,” he said
Also speaking the Senior Special Assistance to the Governor on Okene local government, Yahaya Karaku, commended INEC for early arrival of materials.”If things continue and end the way they started, credit would go to President Muhammadu Buhari. Things are going well smoothly and materials arrive on time.”
Aside this development, their were hitches by security operative reaching their point of deployment as many of them have to seek for ‘black market’ to get fuel for their vehicle to take them to their respective destination.
This development resulted to security operative showing up late at some of the polling unit while some did not even get to their post until after accreditation.
Aside the land survey, their were regular aerial patrol by security personnel which brings about calm to the atmosphere.