Events are unfolding as reports continue to pour in from different parts of the country on the conduct of the elections.
Today, March 9th, 2019, is the day Nigerians in some states will hand over the baton of leadership to their prefered Governorship and house of assembly candidates.
The people of Benue state have gone out in their numbers to vote for the candidate of their choice, with the state Governor, Samuel Ortom seeking for a second term in office under the Peoples Democratic Party.
The election at North Bank Area, Makurdi, Benue State have been disrupted by hoodlums after the operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission intercepted bags of cash meant for vote-buying.
Following an attempt by the commission operatives to arrest the culprit, some thugs attacked them and
vandalised the bus used for patrol.
With this development in play, accreditation and voting processes have been brought to an abrupt end.
In another story, investigations by PMNEWS team at many polling booths in Lagos early today at Ojodu, Agege and Ikeja, showed that INEC officials and materials arrived late at the polling units.
At polling units 008 and 039 ward F on Kosoko Street, at Kosoko junction by Ojodu Berger bus stop, men and materials of INEC were yet to arrive as at 9.30am.
Party agents complained bitterly to the PMNEWS crew that they arrived at the units by 7am and were pained that there was no sign, beyond the chairs and canopies, of INEC’s readiness to conduct election there.
They said they had sent delegates to the materials collection center of INEC at the Technical College at Agidingbi along Lateef Jakande road, Ikeja to lodge complaint and get information.
Same was the situation at polling units 17 and 18 ward F at Ojodu LCDA, Inside the ojodu grammar school at 9.45am. Party agents spoken to appealed to PMNEWS to help contact INEC officials in charge of the area.
Voters in unit 026, ward B opposite Excellent Hotel Ogba complained that they had been waiting since 8am without noticing any INEC official around.
It was only at polling unit 020, Ward F inside Sogunro estate, along Ijaiye road, Ogba at 10.00am that some INEC officials, who had just arrived, were seen arranging their materials in readiness for accreditation and voting.
At ward C, polling unit 006, opposite Public Utilities Monitoring Assurance building on Adeniyi Jones, INEC and materials arrived around 10am. But at unit 046, Ward E, Ajao road, Ikeja Local Govt, INEC officials and materials were yet to arrive as at 10.15 when our correspondents arrived the unit. The voters who had been waiting to vote since morning were already becoming restive, believing that INEC was up to a mischief regarding conduct of election in the area.
Also at Agege, most of the polling units were yet to receive INEC men and materials. Even at Agage ward E, polling unit 026, where the speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly is to vote, INEC officials and materials were yet to arrive at 10.20am.
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