… Thugs attack journalists at Ayaingba***
Voting has commenced in the Kogi Governorship and National Assembly election in the western senatorial district of the state.
INEC officials arrived as early as 7a.m. at various polling units visited by our correspondent in Mopamuro, while accreditation and voting commenced at exactly 8a.m.
The polling units visited were Orokere Ward 06 (PU= 001, 002, 003, 004, 005, 006, 007 and 008), Aiyedayo Ward 08 (PU= 004 and 003 unit) and Aiyeteju Ward 09 (PU= 001, 002, 003 and 004 unit.
The elections witnessed a large turnout of voters who trooped out to exercise their franchise . The election has also been relatively peaceful in the zone.
However, there were pockets of altercation and fighting at Ward 08, PU 004, with some thugs visibly seen around the unit.
There were only two police personnel on ground that seemed to be overwhelmed by the crowd at the unit, but the situation has been put under control as at the time of filing this report.
There was an average of four to five security personnel in each polling unit visited.
Earlier, the Presiding Officer of Aiyedayo Ward 08, PU= 04, Mr Nelson Daniel, while addressing the voters, said voting would start by 8 a.m. and end at 2p.m.
Daniel told the voters that both the accreditation and voting would be simultaneous, saying ‘’If you are not accredited you will not be allowed to vote”.
“When you vote, please leave the polling unit. Do not use phone in the cubicle, do not collect money from anybody,” he warned.
The governorship election is holding across the 21 local government areas of the state, while the National Assembly re-run election is taking place in Kogi West senatorial district, simultaneously.
In the meantime, thugs suspected to belong one of the political parties contesting in the Governorship and National Assembly elections in Kogi, have allegedly attacked Mr Sam Egwu of the Leadership newspaper and Mr Sunday Omachi of Radio Kogi.
The incident happened at Ayaingba.
Both journalists were on election duty when they were attacked by the hoodlums at Unity Roundabout , Ayaingba.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of police in the state, Mr Akeem Busari, said reinforcements had been sent to Ayaingba to bring the situation under control.
Busari, however, has yet to confirm arrests over the incident.