The collation officer for Ihiala LGA, Ahamdu Umar has stated that the Anambra governorship election did not hold in his area.
This was disclosed on Sunday by Umar while making a presentation after the result for Aguata LGA was declared, didn’t state why there was no election in Ihiala LGA.
He said there are 148,407 registered voters in the LGA, adding that election didn’t take place in Ihiala.
Recall that some media houses reported that some polling units in the LGA reported being attacked by hoodlums, after which elections in those units were suspended.
A National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member, serving as an election official, said some of the hoodlums who attacked claimed to be enforcing a sit-at-home directive by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
“We were blocked on our way to the polling units in Okija community. We met some hoodlums who barricaded the roads, saying we can’t go for the election. They also said they were not interested in election as long as there is sit-at-home order,” the corps member, who preferred to remain anonymous, said.
However, IPOB had cancelled the order on Thursday, and encouraged Anambra residents to participate in the election.
The group had also warned supporters against attacking voters in Anambra under the guise of enforcing the suspended sit-at-home directive.
Also, another INEC ad hoc official, who identified herself as Comfort, said hoodlums accused staff of the electoral body of planning to rig the election, while another corps member, who identified himself as Peter, said lateness to the polling units led to attacks in some areas.
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