Senator Andy Uba, representing Anambra South Senatorial zone, was yesterday chased away from his polling unit located within St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Uga during re-run election for Aguata 1 state constituency seat in Anambra state House Assembly by some thugs suspected to be working for one of the political parties in the election.
Uba arrived the polling unit at about 10.45am for accreditation but discovered that the Electoral Officials could not commence accreditation because some hoodlums allegedly stormed the INEC local government distribution centre and charted away the sensitive materials, especially ballot papers and Result Sheets meant for the election.
He was still in his car making phone calls, apparently to contact officials of the INEC at the state headquarters when some thugs numbering about 50 stormed the centre which has two polling units, on sighting them, he quickly zoomed off with his aides to avoid being attacked by the thugs, most of who were identified by some of those waiting to be accredited as none indigenes of the area.
Shortly before he left the polling unit in a hurry, Uba has sent one of his aides to invite newsmen present to express his dissatisfaction with the situation at the polling unit but could not because the suspected hoodlums who were brought to the polling centre in about two buses and a jeep suddenly arrived before the interview started.
It was gathered that though voting later started at the two polling units under the strict supervision of the process by the suspected thugs, as at 3.15pm, Uba had not returned to the polling unit.
Violence also erupted at the Otiogbata polling units 0014 and 0015 as voters and members of some political parties complained of non-availability of sensitive materials. One Mr. Linus Madukwe told newsmen that INEC officials came to the polling units without result sheets and ballot papers, so they refused to present themselves for accreditation until the sensitive materials were produced.
Eze Aghaeri, chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Uga Ward 1, told newsmen that the re-run election has again been characterised by the same malpractices that led to the cancellation of the earlier poll. He accused desperate members of one of the political parties of trying to rig the election in favour of their candidate.
The re-run election was however held in four state constituencies. They included Aguata 1, Anaocha 1 and 11 as well as Ekwusigo state constituencies.
Though minor violence was recorded in a polling unit in Nri, Anaocha 1 state constituency, the re-run election went on very peaceful in the affected polling units in Anaocha 11 and Ekwusigo.
The national Co-ordinator, All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA Stakeholders, Chief Sylvester Nwobu-Alor, stated that the re-run election was peaceful in Anaocha because the state governor has assumed full leadership of the APGA and has involved the party elders in taking decisions that seriously affected the party.

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