– by Okonta Emeka
The electoral process in Oshimili South LGA began as a cool and peaceful process during the accreditation period, but the mood turned sour by the end of the day, though there were no violent confrontations at the time of going to press.
The first case of electoral irregularities was reported from Asagba primary school polling station in ward four of Oshimili South LGA, with information reaching us from observers and voters that political party agents of APC, LP, APGA and other parties other than the PDP party agents were carried shoulder high and thrown out of the polling station.
According to some eye witnesses, the most painful aspect of the whole encounter was that the throwing out of other party agents was done in the presence of both security and intelligence operatives, with the agents suffering harassment, beatings, some knocks here and there and some lose of personal belongings.
At another primary school polling station of ward ten, Oshimili South LGA, there were alleged cases of multiple voting by an individual voter, and a report of abuse of the card reader. It was reported that political thugs loyal to the PDP were seen handing out PVCs to voters that were not theirs, with these voters seen going to and fro to repeatedly vote.
The security agencies and INEC ad hoc staff played a deaf ear to the whole process, a voter told us during our ward by ward monitoring of the exercise.
We were reliably informed that the leadership of the Oshimili South LGA Chapter of the APC through has directed all party agents who reported cases of gross misconduct, electoral irregularities, harassment and bodily abuses to boycott signing the election results as the first mark of their protest to clear cut and broad day light electoral irregularities their party agents and members complained of to their party leaders.
At most polling stations within Oshimili south LGA, APC party agents in obedience to their party leaderships directive left the venue of voting to avoid signing or being forced to sign the election results sheets.
Some of the party’s ward and LGA leaders who spoke to journalists insisted that in the coming week and days the real street protest will be registered and they will not stop until their demand for the total cancellation of the Oshimili South election is achieved.