Wednesday’s council re-run election at Polling Unit 002, EWAC Theological Centre, Karu Ward in Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) was on Wednesday disrupted by violence.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the violence erupted when some youths attacked the polling unit with dangerous objects, including machete and knives, destroying election materials.
The hoodlums carted away some of the materials after they had chased the electoral officers and voters away.
Presiding Officer of the unit, Mr Godwin Obot, told NAN that election had commenced peacefully at the centre, when the thugs came shouting that some people at the centre were not registered.
He said that no fewer than 20 persons had voted at the time the crisis started.
Obot said, “voting process was peaceful before some thugs came in and said that some people at the centre were not registered in the unit.
“The guys just came in and started destroying the election materials, including the voting cubicle, ballot box, and the already cast ballot papers.”
Mr Anyasi Collins, an Election Observer with Africa for Millennium Change Initiative, said that he was attacked by the thugs during the crisis.
“I was trying to cover the incident with my phone when some of the thugs attacked me.
“I was almost killed but it took the intervention of some people before they released me because the police were helpless,” Collins said.
He said that his wallet containing N7, 500 and ATM cards as well as his two phones were stolen in the process.
Mr Ebi Edem, agent of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the unit, alleged that the crisis started when All Progressives Congress (APC) supporters suspected that some people at the centre were not registered in the unit.
“The APC supporters were of the opinion that some of the voters here were old students of this Bible Theological Study centre who have graduated for long.
“Therefore they are not supposed to be here to vote. They said that some of the people were also brought from different places and insisted that the people will not vote here.
“That was what led to the crisis and that was how everything started,’’ Edem said.
But, APC agent at the unit, Mr Abdul Ibrahim, debunked the PDP’s agent’s claim, saying it was false.
Ibrahim said that the thugs were not known to APC, and that the crisis had started at the polling unit before the thugs entered the centre.
Meanwhile, Mr James Idachaba, a Chief Superintendent of Police, leader of the police team covering the election in the area, said that the situation had been brought under control.
“This is one of the things with our election but with our intervention the situation has been brought under control,’’ he said.
Idachaba, however, declined to say whether any arrest had been made in connection with the incident.
Also at Ward 017B, Jikwoyi Phase IV, the Presiding Officer, Adama Emmanuel, said that some thugs also destroy election materials in the unit.
He, however, said that cast ballots were recovered. (NAN)P