By Elizabeth Chukwuma
In spite of the adequate security arrangement made Ibrahim Abubakar Adamu, acting Inspector General of Police , IGP, for the smooth conduct of the Supplementary election in seventeen states of the Federation including Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, on Saturday, March 23, 2019, party thugs and hoodlums still have their way to cause mayhem during the election in Benue and Kano states.
Note that Adamu, the IGP, had deployed more officers and trigger hungry junior officers to Benue and Sokoto , regarded as flash point states . Security sources disclosed that fifteen Commissioners of police were deployed to the state. It was learnt that three additional CPs each were deployed to Benue and Sokoto states each and two each to Adamawa, Bauchi, Kano and Plateau states to compliment the effort of the substantive CPs in the states. It was gathered that only one additional CP was sent to Imo state.
The Deputy Inspector General was deployed to oversee the
In Benue state where the rerun is between Samuel Ortom, the governor of the state, who is seeking re-election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic party, PDP, and Emmanuel Jime, his counterpart in the All Progressive Congress. APC, suspected thugs were said to have snatched electoral materials and attacked party agents accompanying the electoral materials The policemen were said to have watched effortless without doing anything to save the situation, fueling speculation that this may have been planned as part of the efforts to f\frustrate Ortom from winning the election in the state.
. Nentawe Yilwatda, the Resident Electoral Commission, REC, in the state who confirmed the attack said the hoodlums laid ambush on the INEC officials heading to Chito Adzendechi Council Ward , Headquarters of of Ukum local government Area , where the Supplementary election was supposed to home. The Ward , according to source has high voting strength and regarded as stronghold of PDP in the local government. The policemen on ground were said to have watched as the hoodlums burnt the electoral materials in the process. Given the action of the hoodlums, Yilwatda, the RC, in the state explained that over 13,000 voters in the Ward were cancelled.
The situation was the same in Kano, where the battle was