Edo Poll: Pockets of violence, ballot box snatching in Ikpoba-Okha, Egor LGA
There were reported incidences of ballot box snatching and gunshots in some polling units in Ologbo, a border community in Ikpoba-Okha LGA, and ward 9 in Egor Local Government Area during the Saturday’s Governorship election in Edo state.
A source who pleaded anonymity alleged there was a voter’s inducement in Ward 9, Unit 11,12,13, and 14 in Egor LGA.
He further alleged that the All Progressives Congress connived with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Following the development, angry youths threatened to burn INEC’s vehicle for colluding with the All Progressives Congress.
Speaking with journalists, Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Efe Stewart said at the beginning of the election it was characterized with irregularities but was subsequently brought under control.
“When the INEC official came they wanted to move the center to a card-carrying members’ hotel of the APC but the voters resisted.
“I put a call to the Electoral Officer, he came and instructed them to move to the accredited center. The electorate was agitated
“The people have resolved that there is no vacancy in Osadebey avenue. He has done very well and should be returned to continue the good work he has started”, he said.
Another incidence of violence occurred in Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area, where one person was reportedly shot dead following an attempt by the deceased to disrupt the exercise in the area.