Sunday, 12 April 2015

LIVE UPDATES: Nigeria 2015 Governorship, State Assemblies Elections Voting

This live blog is dedicated to the voting process of the Nigeria 2015 governorship and state assemblies elections, as the elections move into
the vote casting stage. The first was dedicated to the accreditation stage of the elections.
PREMIUM TIMES reporters are bringing you live updates from the field. Follow our live updates on the elections HERE.
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Journalist and members of the All Progressives Congress were chased out by thugs at the Ashafa Gida the Polling Unit of Ibrahim Ali, the Commissioner of Education in Kaduna state. The only police officer at the polling unit also was absent during the attack. At Kauru LG -Kkagoro ward PU 003 and PU 004, thugs destroyed all election materials and over powered the security operatives at the centre. At PU 002 and 003 in Kidankin ward in Giwa LG, PDP thugs chased all APC and other parties delegates and took over the ballot boxes. Police were able to repel thugs at SMC ward, college road, Kaduna when thugs attacked the Centre

Governor of Ogun State and the APC gubernatorial candidate, Ibikunle Amosun, during his accreditation.

Governor Adams Oshiomhole casts his ballot at Unit 1, Ward 10, Iyamho, Etsako West Local Government
Area in the Edo State House of Assembly election, on Saturday.   Governor Adams Oshiomhole speaks to reporters after casting his ballot at Unit 1, Ward 10, Iyamho, Etsako West Local Government Area in the Edo State House of Assembly election, on Saturday. 

Akin Odunsi, the Social Democratic Party Governorship Candidate casting his vote.  

Adamawa Voting has been completed at voting centre for Internally Displaced Persons. Sorting is now ongoing at PU 002/13/16/002 Lagos At Ward K PU003 & 004 Ifako-Ijaye Lagos, voting commenced at 1.45 p.m. Plateau State LG:Jos South. P/Unit: Old Govt. House. P/Unit No:023. Ward: 3 Du B ward. Voting ended at 3:05 p.m.

Police are still trying to settle the problem at the Opebi Road polling unit. The voters are insisting that their votes must be counted.
According to Emmanuel Williams, a voter, everything had been going on well without irregularities.
"But now when they want to count the votes, the PDP agents are trying to misbehave.
"They are arguing, they don't want them to count it. No issues since. Why now when they want to count the votes?"
Another voter, Adeyemi Ayodeji, said that the party agents had been at the polling unit since morning and they didn't complain.
"Some of the ballot papers used actually belong to Oshodi-Isolo but whether that is the case or not, we have been here since morning and we are waiting for our votes to be counted," he said.
"Unfortunately, these are PDP agents having these issues, not APC. So we want a situation where our votes should be counted. We don't care whether it's a ballot paper from somewhere or not."

Senator Abdullahi Adamu casting his vote at GRA polling unit Keffi    

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo casting his vote.    

There's chaos at the polling unit at Opebi Road after some PDP agents allegedly stopped the counting of votes. The agents claimed that some ballot papers from Oshodi-Isolo and Ikeja were used to vote at the polling unit. Police have arrived and formed a blockade around the ballot box. Voters are chanting "count out votes."

‎Oyo Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, just cast his vote at unit 20, Ward 10 alongside his wife and children. He commended the electoral process and optimistic and gave INEC 85 per cent pass mark. is a lie, journalism is the vehicle" Abimboye 2015.    

The All Progressives Congress and Peoples Democratic Party supporters clashed. They burnt ballot papers at Karan Mata ward, Madobi local government, Kano state. According to a voter, everyone disperse the PU. No harm befell anyone. Madobi is the Local Goverrnment of Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso.   

At Nolende in Ibadan, a little bit of violence is building up with thugs attempting to attack each other. Voting is, however, on-going at the polling units as there is quite a large turnout of voters in Nolende, Oke Ado, Odi Olor, Oke Pad, Oopo, Beere areas of Ibadan.

Nasarawa As at 1.45 p.m. voting started in most part of Keffi, Doma, Lafia, Keana and Akwanga Local government areas of Nasarawa State. The exercise was peaceful.

Labour Party's Alao Akala casts votes at Ward 10 unit 13‎ at Ogbomoso. Voting has also commenced in Ogbomosho, Stadium Ward 3, PU 27 with Low turnout of voters compared to the Presidential election‎. ‎Meanwhile, the Oyo state Gov is yet to cast his vote as at 3 p.m.

Speaker, House of Representatives and Governoship Candidate of Sokoto, Aminu Tambuwal, casting his Vote at his PU, in Sokoto 

Abdul Wahab Oba, the Chief Press secretary to the Kwara State Governor, joins other voters at Oke Igbonna. He says there is no opposition in Kwara as it were and he is sure of a landslide win having seen the card readers work near perfect. He advocated for electronic voting going forward

Senator Gbemisola Saraki casting her vote at around 2:45 p.m. at Ode Opobiyi polling unit‎, Ilorin west local area of Kwara State. 

Hoodlums on a motor bike have snatched a ballot box at a polling unit PU 014 in Epe. INEC have cancelled the election there.

There were mixed reactions from the people of Suntai Ward when Governor Danbaba Suntai, for the first time since his accident, came out in the public to cast his vote.
Mr.Suntai who was driven to his Mamman 012 unit in Suntai ward at about 1: 30 p.m. was the last person to be accredited and the first person to vote.
The process of accreditiation and voting was inside his Lexus Jeep. He was greeted with cheers and tears.
A resident of the town, Henry Bala, told PREMIUM TIMES that he is happy to see Mr. Suntai.

Akwa Ibom
The governorship candidate of APC, Umana OKon Umana, has just called for the cancelation of the governorship election in Akwa Ibom State. He cited election irregularities as the reason for the call. According to Mr. Umana, election materials at his polling unit was incomplete. He said only 450 ballot papers were brought to the polling booths while there were 1570 registered voters. The situation almost degenerated into a riot before the police in the local government area came to take the officials away so that angry voters do not pounce on them.

According to the Army Chief in Imo State Lanre Bello some thugs who stole ballot materials in Okwelle in Onuimo Local Government Area were involved in a road accident as team of soldiers were chasing them to retrieve the materials. He said the thugs were badly injured.

A presiding officer of a polling unit in Otun Agba Akin area of Moniya, Ibadan, has barred a PREMIUM TIMES and The Cable reporters from interacting with electorates and the Independent National Electoral Commission officials.
A youth corps member told the reporters, Michael Abimboye of PREMIUM TIMES and Ibrahim Alawode of The Cable, ‎ that the INEC presiding officer at the unit does not want the media at the venue.
Despite efforts by security agents to calm the corps member down, he wouldn’t budge insisting that he won't recognise or allow media officials at the polling unit.
One of the voters, an elderly woman, informed the reporter that the INEC official was rude and arrogant to some electorates during the March 28 Presidential election.

Voting has commenced in the Emir's palace and Lungu Wambai polling units in Lafia local government area and it is generally peaceful

Voting has commenced at Government College in Keffi Local Government Area, Nasarawa state. People queue up to cast their vote but unlike during the Presidential and National Assembly elections, they do not seem to be tensed.

Election has commenced in almost all polling units across Gombe state. We are also yet to receive any report of any major incident in terms of violence. There also has been no known case of card reader malfunctioning.
We are presently in Kashere town in Gombe South and voting is in progress in PU 002 at Kanon Kashere in ward 04. We also observed that people are on queue and voting is in progress in Tumu and Pindiga towns of Akko local government area. We also observed that turn out of voters are higher in the rural areas compared to Gombe metropolis.

As at 1: 37 p.m., voting commenced in most parts of Ohimini, Otukpo, Agatu Logo, Ushongu Guman and Gboko Local Government Areas of Benue state.

Maiduguri Update
Low voter turnout recorded in Maiduguri
Unlike the March 28 presidential election, the voter turn out at various polling units in Maiduguri, Borno state capital.
Most polling units visited by our reporter had low number of voters while some others had nobody on queue.
Governor Kashim Shettima visited his electoral unit located at Lamisula Jabarmari ward at about 10am

"I guess you all will be wondering who I voted for," Jimi Agbaje said before casting his vote. 
Ast at 1: 25 p.m. voting commenced in most parts of Jos south, Barkin ladi, Langtang north and Wase Local Government areas of Plateau.

President Goodluck Jonathan casts his ballot for the election of members of Baylesa State House of Assembly. 
Voting has commenced in the polling booths.. Here is Baboko ward pooling unit 3 in Ilorin Kara state.   

Plateau Update
Again, Card Reader failed to capture the thumb print of the Governor of Plateau state, Jonah Jang, and his wife Talatu.
Mr. Jang in an interview after his accreditation said "but the good thing is that I will exercise my franchise with the provision of the manual accreditation."
Mr. Jang was accredited few minutes before 1:00 p.m. and is waiting to cast his vote.

Akwa Ibom
In Ibesikpo Asutan Ward 1, there were allegations of people coming in to cart away election materials. Specifically, in units 1 and 2, materials did not arrive as at 11:40 a.m.
And in unit 9, voters were seen around, they alleged that a serving Commissioner in the State, Uwem Ita Etuk, who is the commissioner for Local government and chieftaincy affairs in the state, came with thugs who shot sporadically in the air and carted away the materials

Accreditation of voters has ended in most parts of Makurdi town, the Benue state Capital. Voters have been asked by INEC to queue for voting.
Also, in Gwer West, council area of the state, accreditation has also ended, voters are waiting to commence voting.



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