ddddddddddddddddddFollowing incidences of card reader malfunction and alleged deliberate limited supply of election materials to certain sections in yesterday’s gubernatorial election in Kogi State, there was general apprehension and tension asresults from various councils and wards began to trickle in.
Although the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, warned against accepting results from the social media,
Nigerian Pilot Sunday learnt people were relying on these results to assess the likely winner of the election, which was a straight race between the incumbent Governor, Captain Idris Wada of the Peoples Democratic Party,
PDP, and the former governor and candidate of the All ProgressivesCongress, APC, Prince AbubakarAudu.
Though results from polling units showed that APC and PDP are neck-and-neck in victory at some of the polling stations across
the state, some were already in celebration and insisting that their candidates were in the lead.
Accordingly, it was learnt that
supporters across the state were
already celebrating assumed
victory depending on one’s choice,
a situation that is generating
no little tension, as supporters
of the leading candidates have
threatened violence should their
assumed results be upturned.
At Anyigba in particular, the
varsity town that has become
notorious for violent crime
recently, many voters took to
streets celebrating their victory
at the polling stations, thereby
causing tension in most of the
areas in the city.
The capital city, Lokoja
witnessed the same celebration
by some voters for defeating their
opponent at the polling units.
It was gathered that the PDP is
in early lead in Mopa Muro and
Ogori magogo and Okene council
while APC is said to be creating
appreciable impact in Kabba/
Bunu, Dekina, Ofu, kogi, Lokoja
and Ijumu in the results of polling
units.It was also learnt that the election at Eti-Aja 2 and Ofejikpi polling units was cancelled, as people suspected to be thugs invaded the polling units and destroyed electoral materials.
As at the time of filing this report, some presiding officers were heading to collation centres escorted by security operatives, even as unconfirmed reports said electoral materials were snatched by unknown people at Olamoboro Local Government Area of the state.
Meanwhile, Captain Idris Wada, the governor of Kogi State and the flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was not recognised by the card reader while his wife, whose finger prints were captured, however, could not find her name on the voters’ register.
The governor, who was at the polling unit at Odu Ogboyaga, his country home for the voting exercise, got the shock of his life when card reader could not capture his finger prints; a development that he said was a deliberate ploy to disenfranchise him and most of his supporters.
It was learnt that the governor’s polling unit was not supplied with incident form, as it also happened in some polling units at Ala- Ejule in Ofu local government areas of the state.
His opponent, Prince Abubakar Audu, the candidate of the All Progressive Congress, APC, voted around 1.40pm, saying, he was impressed by the process, even as he raised alarm over the snatching of electoral materials in some polling booths at Anyigba.
It was gathered that the ugly incident at Eti-aja 2 and Ojetachi polling units at Anyigba in Dekina local government has been brought under control as the security operatives reinforced to the said stations in the town.
Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has advised Kogi electorate and other stakeholders to disregard results from the social media as it was yet to declare the result and winner of the gubernatorial election.
INEC reiterated that it remains the only constitutionally-authorised body to authenticate and or announce results.
In a tweet, the commission described the results on social media as grossly inaccurate and should be disregarded. “INEC wishes to state that results of Kogi governorship election being posted on social media are inaccurate and should be disregarded,” INEC tweeted.
It said official results will subsequently be announced and the winner of the election declared by its returning officer.
According to reports, the exercise was relatively peaceful in most parts of the state even as cases of violence were reported in few places.
Nigerian Pilot Sunday reports that some results had began to trickle in from some of the local government areas on Saturday evening as declared by INEC.

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