The All Progressives Congress, (APC), in Kogi state has accused the Peoples Democratic Party of disrupting Dekina/Okura 1 state constituency election in the state.
Addressing journalists Sunday at Ayingba in Dekina local government, APC returning officer in the area, Patrick Ojogbane alleged that thugs loyal to PDP during voter accreditation at some polling units in Iyale and Egume communities snatched election materials and destroyed them completely.
The returning officer also alleged that faked ballot papers were also brought to several polling units at Ayingba and its environs while the original ones were being thumb printed by the PDP at Kogi State University’s Guest House and three other locations within the town.
“We reported the matter to the police station at Ayingba, but they ignored us. We attempted to invade the area but the institution’s security denied us access. But when the pressure was much, the police later went there and arrested Special Assistant to the governor on MDG, Haliru Abdul and two other SA to the governor too. When we got to the police station, the AIG, told us they have been taken to Lokoja but we later discovered that they were taken to Idah where a deal was struck to release them. We later learnt that the election in those areas has been cancelled,” he narrated.
The APC accused the Ayingba divisional police officer of complicity in the matter as he did not attend to their complaint when the issue was reported, even as he commended the quick intervention of the state police commissioner to forestall break down of law.
He called on the Independent National Electoral Commission to do the needful and fix a date for the re-run as according to him, the APC will definitely win the election.
Patrick however appealed to the party supporters to be law abiding and patiently wait for a new date to be fixed for the rerun for them to exercise their franchise.
Also, speaking , an election observer from Centre for Policy and Advocacy Development, said the election was characterised with ballot box snatching and fake ballot paper.
Responding, Haliru Abdul denied the allegations, saying that he moved to the Guest House to rest due to treat to his life as a result of the tension the election generated.
According to him, some youths allegedly loyal to the APC attacked his house and that of his father hence after accreditation, he had to move to the guest house to avoid being attacked by the youths.
“While I was at the guest house, they came with the police and the police searched the place and nothing was found on me. As I was with the police, the youths stormed the area with dangerous weapons to attack me but I manage to escape through the help of the police by the whiskers. My official car was burnt down,” he said.

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