Voting has turned to war in Lagos state, As the ruling party, All Progressive Congress APC, have used every means, HOODLUMS, THUGS, ORO FESTIVAL to remain in power, many voters were disenfranchised, beaten, and send out of their polling units.
The 2023 Gubatarial election witnessed voters apathy, low turnout, voter suppression, and media suppression.
The voting process was disrupted at most polling units in Lagos by hoodlums, thugs act with impunity across the state., many journalists were beaten and their equipment destroyed, these hoodlums started out in the morning by shooting guns around the state, warning people not to come out to vote only if they are voting for the ruling party, APC.
The elders of Lagosians, went around the state performing the Oro festival, to keep non-indigenous from coming out to vote in the state, that was after sending out a circular, warning on the coming Oro festival, to commence on the 17th of march till the 21st of march.
Thugs and hoodlums started attacking voters, The voters initially attempted to resist the attack but the thugs carried the ballot boxes, scattered the ballot papers, and chased voters away with guns. Voters who came out to exercise their franchise in Ijesha-Tedo, Surulere, Lagos, Oshodi, Okota, Mushin, Lekki, Yaba, etc were scared away a few minutes ago, when thugs from nowhere stormed some of the polling units in the area and made away with the ballot boxes at gunpoint, Recall that there was no security operative at the unit before and after, All this thugs and hoodlums in Lagos are members of the All Progressives Congress.
In a video seen by an eyewitness gave an account of how the political thugs drove away voters.
The incident happened at polling unit 005 in the Sangotedo area of the state.
Recently, the Lagos State Parks Management Committee Chairman, Musiliu Akinsanya aka MC Oluomo, threatened those who won’t be voting for the APC in the state, telling them to stay at home.
MC Oluomo had said, “We have begged them. If they don’t want to vote for us, it doesn’t call for a fight. Iya Chukwudi, if you don’t want to vote for us, stay at home.” with happenings in Lagos today, it showed he made do of his threat.
In other states;
In Ogun state;
Hoodlums believed to be political thugs have disrupted the electoral process at Ward 13 polling Unit 22, Itori Odo area of Abeokuta metropolis, in Abeokuta South Local Government Area of Ogun State capital.
The axe-wielding hoodlums, who vented their anger on journalists and electoral officers on duty, also snatched two ballot boxes and destroyed them immediately.
In Enugu state;
No fewer than 140 political thugs have reportedly been arrested by Nigerian soldiers in the Nsukka local government area of Enugu State, Southeast Nigeria.
The soldiers providing security in Enugu for the Governorship and House of Assembly elections arrested the hoodlums allegedly deployed for today’s (Saturday’s) election by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which lost the presidential and Senatorial elections to the opposition Labour Party in the state.
An inside source disclosed that the hoodlums were picked up at the popular Carolina Hotel in Nsukka.
In Benue state,
political thugs from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and APC CLashed in Benue State have brutalized and chased away other political party agents from the Guma Local Government Area of Benue State.
The PDP agents and thugs drove out all African Action Congress (AAC) LP, agents and other opposition parties in Mbadwem, Mbabai, and parts of Mbawa council wards.
In Osun state;
Some hoodlums have disrupted the voting process in Osogbo, the capital of Osun state, dispersing INEC officials and other electorates.
In Bayelsa state;
some suspected thugs have hijacked electoral materials and burnt them in Bayelsa State, in southern Nigeria.
In Anambra state,
five armed thugs have been arrested in Ihiala, Anambra State while five automatic pump action guns were recovered from them. This was disclosed by the spokesperson for the state police command, Ikenga Tochukwu .
In Jigawa state
Vote buyers make brisk business in Jigawa polling units
Vote buyers were seen making brisk business at some polling units in Jigawa State during the governorship and state House of Assembly elections.
Vote buyers, from across political parties, were seen at some polling units openly giving out money, clothing materials, and foodstuff before voters who showed evidence of voting for their parties.
A voter at Polling Unit 024 in Kiyawa LGA, whose name is Musa, said he was given N1000 and two packets of spaghetti to vote.
Another voter, Malama Sadiya, said she was given a wrapper and detergent after she cast her votes.
11 Governors Seeking Reelection
1. Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa State in North-East Nigeria is seeking reelection for another four-year term on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Fintiri is in the race alongside 14 other candidates including Labour Party (LP)’s Mustapha Madawaki as well as All Progressives Congress (APC)’s Senator Aishatu Dahiru famously known as Binani.
2. Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State also in North-East Nigeria is seeking reelection under the PDP umbrella. Mohammed is in the contest with 13 other candidates including Senator Halliru Jika of the New Nigerian People’s Party (NNPP) as well as APC’s candidate, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, who is Nigeria’s immediate past Chief of Air Staff.
3. Also seeking reelection in the North-East geopolitical zone is Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State. Zulum, one of the poster boys of the APC, is contesting on the platform of the ruling party. He is in the race alongside 11 others including PDP’s Mohammed Jajari and LP’s Goni Abdullahi.
All the above-listed governors are using the power of incumbency to suppress voters in their respective states. with their, actions and moves, is obvious that democracy is dead in Nigeria.