… As INEC set to cancel votes in traubled units
By Ibrahim Obansa, Lokoja
The ongoing Lokoja/ koto House of Reps election in kogi state is marred by violence and voting buying as the All Progressive Congress (APC), led government in the state was accused of doing everything possible to win the election. The election was earlier progressing peacefully before things turn around
In paparanda and karaworo voting units in lokoja metropolis ,there were reports of heavy intimidation and harassment of voters by alleged government agents and political appointees. A PDP stalwart, Mohammed Balga was said to have been beaten.
In ward B, some persons allegedly who dressed in police uniform with red beret were said to have besieged two polling units shot sporadically and carted away the voting materials.
There were also alleged reported sharp practices at the Osuku primary school voting unit in kotokarfi local government area as there were reported sporadic gunshots to scare away opposition party from coming out to vote, but as at the time THE AUTHORITY visited Osuku acreditation was going on peacefully
It was however observed that there was no single person that was allowed to vote as at 12 pm as those who came out were only allowed to do acreditation while the voting will be done in favour of the APC.
The INEC presiding official, Joseph Julius told reporters that they were arm twisted to follow the bidding of un named politicians and they had to play along to save their lives.
The local government administrator ,Mohammed Tanko is from the ward.
Meanwhile, a one time Secretary to Government of Kogi state, Alh Musa Ahmadu has lamented the involvement of government officials and security agents in carrying and displaying arms in the ongoing Lokoja Kogi federal constituency bye election.
The former scribe while speaking to journalists, accused the state governor, his chief of staff and other government functionaries of openly carrying arms against the tenets of the electoral law
Alh Musa called on President Mohammadu Buhari to call the security agencies to order, else their action and that of the governor may make the integrity of the Lokoja /Kogi federal constituency a nullity.
At the Lokoja ward D where one of the contestants, and the immediate speaker of the house, Umar Imam voted, he alleged that the government marred the election with the use of thugs and security personnel beating and arresting the opposition.
Umar alleged that his younger brother, was taken to government house with his agents where they were beaten and tortured.
Responding to reporters’ question, the Zonal commissioner of INEC, Mohammed Haruna said the commission will not hesitate to cancel the result of any area where there are reported violence and malpractices.