PDP Protests Irregularities In Kogi Assembly Poll

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kogi State has protested alleged irregularities last Saturday’s House of Assembly election in Olamaboro Local Government Area of the state.
In a protest letter titled, ‘Protest Against Serious Irregularities In The State House of Assembly Election of March 9, 2019 in Olamagboro LGA, Kogi State’, the party listed such irregularities as massive vote buying, thuggery, criminal intimidation of PDP agents, threat to lives, among others by the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The protest letter dated March 9, 2019 signed by PDP Leader, Olamagboro LGA; Alhaji Yahaya Alfa, Adams Olofu, Chairman, Olamagboro LGA, and Emmanuel Ekele, PDP Collation Officer, Olamagboro LGA, a copy of which was made available to newsmen, was addressed to the state’s INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), and copied the INEC Electoral Officer at the local government area.
The party alleged that midway into the voting process last Saturday by midday, masked thugs suspected to be of the APC, led by one Danjuma Abubakar, invaded Alagalami polling unit and carted away the two ballot boxes, while the INEC ad hoc staff were forced into a Toota Sienna vehicle allegedly belonging to the said Abubakar, which was accompanied with a Toyota Tundra to an unknown destination.
It maintained that the PDP agents followed in search of them on motorcycles to the ward collation centre and the INEC office in Okpo, but could not find them, while the Local Government Collation Officer, Emmanuel Ekele, alerted the local government Electoral Officer of the development.
“At about the same time, suspected APC thugs, acting in a manner similar to the incident above, armed with guns, invaded Ojamakogwu polling unit in Olamagboro ward 111. They chased away all other polling agents from the polling unit and our supporters had to run for dear lives.
“This large-scale intimidation, harassment and killing of PDP supporters were perpetrated across the length and breadth of the local government area.”
It alleged that in Ugbamaka Igah, Olamagboro ward iv, election materials were destroyed and voters were chased away in four polling units of Ichechele, Ogaji, Ugbogbo and Sabo Market Square polling units, while election could not hold in these units.
The petitioners also listed several other polling units at several places in the local government area, which had similar experience, where thugs destroyed and defaced polling materials, beating up ad hoc staff, party agents and voters, stressing that in these places, card readers were not used, but votes were allotted, while ballot papers were thumb printed at some areas by the thugs and PDP agents forced to sign under duress.