#AnambraDecides2017 (LIVE UPDATES): APC, APGA, PDP, UPP battle for governorship seat

#AnambraDecides2017 poster of candidates and their parties.
#AnambraDecides2017 poster of candidates and their parties.

Today’s election in Anambra will go down as one of the most anticipated governorship elections in the history of Nigeria.

Already, it has set a record of being the governorship election with the highest number of candidates (37) in Nigeria’s electoral history.

Godfatherism, zoning, political vendetta and IPOB threat to boycott are some of the indices observers are expecting to play out in today’s polls with over 2.1 million registered voters.

The reason this election is holding today and not in 2019 with those of most other states is rooted in the controversial nature of Anambra politics.

In the 2003 Anambra governorship election, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, under former President Olusegun Obasanjo hatched the perfect heist that snatched the mandate of the then winner, Peter Obi, who contested under the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, then under the leadership of Chekwas Okorie.

The then PDP flagbearer, Chris Ngige, emerged winner against the people’s mandate. It took three years of titanic court battles for Mr. Obi to win back his mandate. Mr. Ngige was sacked by the Court of Appeal in March 2006 and Mr. Obi was sworn in two days later.

Interestingly today, almost all the characters that played a role in the 2003 controversy realigned under different parties to continue the unending battle for power.

Peter Obi is leading PDP to the polls, a party that denied him his mandate for three years. He is believed to be the godfather of the party’s flagbearer, Oseloka Obaze. Mr. Obaze meanwhile served as Secretary to the State Government under Mr. Obi and incumbent Governor Willie Obiano.

Mr. Obiano is still flying APGA’s flag after a scuffle with Mr. Obi. Meanwhile, Chekwas Okorie, APGA’s founding leader, is now in the same boat with Osita Chidoka in the United Progressives Party.

To complete the circle of realignment, Mr. Ngige who was once abducted as a sitting PDP governor, is now a member of the All Progressives Congress and is backing its candidate, Tony Nwoye. Both are former PDP stalwarts.

Another popular name apart from the major candidates, as today’s polls open, is Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). His group has vowed that the election will not hold until the federal government gives a date for a referendum for a separate state for Igbos of South-east Nigeria.

PREMIUM TIMES in partnership with the Centre for Democracy and Development, CDD, brings you live updates of the election.

Blaring siren and the sound of roving helicopters have become common in Anambra in the wake of today’s governorship polls.

Apart from the stiff competition in the election, there have been security threats.

The secessionist Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, through its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, had earlier said unless the Nigerian State calls for a referendum to determine the status of the country, there would be no election in Anambra State.

Despite being labelled a terrorist organisation, members of IPOB staged a demonstration in Onitsha, the Anambra State capital, threatening voters not to participate in today’s election.

Last Friday, members of the secessionist group sang and marched around the commercial town, threatening to unleash mayhem on potential voters.

Today’s election proceedings is keenly watched across the world as its outcome will further chart a new course for Nigeria’s sovereignty and determine the measures being taking to stop unrest.

While the police have deployed 26,000 personnel for the election, the Civil Defence have deployed 13,000 personnel, officials said.

The Army and Navy are also believed to have deployed hundreds of personnel to maintain peace for the elections.

The police deployment comprise police special forces, police mobile forces, Counter Terrorism Units and Bomb Protection Units.

Others are bomb disposal specialists, as well as sniffer and attack dogs. Surveillance helicopters will monitor proceedings from the air, while there will be gunboats on the river Niger, plus 15 armoured personnel carriers and 303 patrol vehicles.

All these are measures put in place to ensure a smooth election and also ensure any threat by IPOB is not carried out. However, some citizens of the state describe the tactics as heavy handed which might have an impact of voters turn up.

“Helicopters are flying around since this week, police and army are everywhere as if its war and not election. I will just stay at home till the election is over any unexpected issue”, Kennedy Omenwa, a television repairer at Onitsha told PREMIUM TIMES.

Follow our live updates of the election here.


7:41 AM: The city of Awka is absolutely calm with security almost every 5 minutes you move, either stationed or mobile.

Security officials include Army, Navy, Police, and NSCDC.

At the RAC at Aguleri, the number of polling units are not pasted.


07:38AM: Presently at the RAC situated at Aguleri. They are distributing the election materials, SPO not in sight. #SnapAndSend #AnambraEast


[07:52, 11/18/2017] Emmanuel Muruako CDD: Gridlock on the road. People did not adhere to the rule of no movement with vehicles. #TeamIhiala


Setting up of poling unit at unit 004 ABAGANA WARD 2


Corpers, electoral materials still awaiting departure at 7.45 a.m. at CENTRAL SCHOOL ABAGANA. A corps member said they were waiting for their vehicles. Some other vehicles were already occupied with materials and corps members. but they were yet to move‎.


Idemili North is peaceful. Security presence is high.


As at 8:05 am at St Peters, Ogidi ward 1 to Holy Trinity Ogidi ward 2, nothing is happening in both places.


Corps members stranded at Idemili North LGA as drivers who are supposed to convey them refused to show up with their vehicles.

However, it was learnt that the materials have been moved to the RAC centre; while those to use the materials were left behind.


08.19AM Business going on at Awka etiti. Seems people ain’t ready for accreditation


08:17 AM: At Awka Etiti… A few people are at the market going on with their normal business.

Vegetables and other food stuffs are on display.

Vulcanizers are working and other food stuffs are on sale.

A police van is stationed just ahead and they are mingling like it is okay for the market to be half opened.


Materials and personnel have not arrived at any of the 3 polling units visited in Onitsha North LGA as of 7:30 am. Ado girls secondary school, Awka road Onitsha, New era secondary school Omagba phase1 and Prince memorial high school. Some civil defence staffs are stranded. Meanwhile, there is adequate security on the major roads but not enough inside the streets.


‎8:30am: Materials arrived early at Dennis Memorial Grammar School Onitsha, Ward1. It has 4 polling units… Voter registration has not commenced. Few voters are already at the unit.


The ever busy streets of main market Onitsha has turned to a football stadium as citizens who are indifferent about the election get themselves busy playing football.


At ward 11, Onitsha High school which also doubles as a RAC, materials are yet to be moved to the various polling units as at 8:30am when voting is supposed to have commenced.


08.36 AM: Voting started at eri primary school otuocha ward 1 Aguleri, polling unit 005



Arguments over the payment of feeding allowance created a scene at the Nkpor RAC in Idemili North LGA. The argument created delays so that at 8.30 am the materials were just about leaving the centre.

The corps members insisted that they would not depart for the day’s job if their feeding allowances were not paid.

A corps member told PREMIUM TIMES that the matter was later resolved and that the corps members would be paid at their units.


8.37am: Names of those will be able to vote at nkpor ward 1.


There is heavy military deployment at Oyeagu Abagana, an IPOB stronghold in Idemili North LGA heightening fears of low turn out in the area.



At 8.52 am at Polling Unit 2, Ward 12, Onitsha North. They are still preparing for the voting process.


09.04am: Two more pulling Unit, including Ibenato Central school unit to move from the Otolo RAC.


09.07am: Security personnels on ground @eri 1 004 otuocha 1


As at 09.14 am, there are 327 registered voters @ CPS Ward 001/002 Ubuluisi-uzo community in Ihiala LGA.


Accreditation and voting have commenced at Ward 1, polling unit 002, All Saints Primary School Onitsha, Onitsha North LGA. There is, however, low turn out of voters because the process was not started on time.

8:54am: There are many cases of verification failure in the ward 1, polling unit 002, 003, 004 at All Saints primary school Onitsha. Voters are complaining about the delays.

Meanwhile, some voters are complaining of complete restriction of movement at housing estate 33 Onitsha.

“The army are conducting a thorough stop and search, they even asked people to go back in some case, I just managed to come out”, Ifeanyi Okoro, a voter, said.


At 8:33am, at Onitsha south, Ward 12 polling unit located at federal housing, the electoral officers are setting up the polling unit.

At 8.49am at the RAC in Otolo Nnewi, Corps members expressed reservations about going for the elections without security operatives in their vehicles to escort them.


Card reader not working at Bishop Patterson Junior Seminary Mbosi Ward 20, Polling unit 004. Incidence form is being used.


At Ward 008, Odata central school 11. Uzor Akwa. Voting started at 9:20. Voters are complaining that a second polling unit meant to be there, PU 004, is absent.

A voter was causing trouble. Harassing the INEC officials. A security official stepped in.

There are a total 752 voters on the register of the polling unit.


Although election is supposed to commence at 8 a.m., most of the poling units visited at Idemili north were yet to start the voting proper as at the time of filing this report (9.15am).

The situation has been blamed on logistic problems and poor arrangements by INEC.


09.23am: People still waiting for election materials at idemili north ogidi ward 2


09.23am: Emejulue /Ajasa market Onitsha. People buying and selling


09:33am: At ward 001 003, accreditation has started fully at Ihiala LGA.


09.27am: At otolo nnewi ward 2 Enem hall…The election materials just arrived now..the environment is serien..people are waiting


09.28am: Inec officials arriving at polling station.Ogidi ward 1 … Idemili team reporting.#snapandsend#


09.30am The situation of the card reader being explained to an Inec superior @eri 1 004 otuocha1 #snapandsend


09.38am: Onitsha North LGA, Ward 11, PU 009 have not started accreditation and voting


09:39am Onitsha North LGA Onitsha sports club, Ward 11, PU 012 Have started accreditation and voting


09:46am Onitsha North LGA, Iweobi Open space Ward11, PU 013 have started accreditation and voting. They started around 9am and the smart card reader and everything is working perfectly..


9:39am: At anglican girls Uruagu Nnewi (super rac) some inec adhoc staff refusing to leave for their various PUs because of money issues #snapandsend teamnnewi


The man on brown native was just arrested for impersonation of two PVC. He claimed it belongs to a friend who is on his way @ ihiala LGA Ubuluisiozor ward 001


09:52am: There is a problem between Inec media and inec officials @St augustine church#Anambra East.

The inec officials and some people are shouting at the media for snapping and intruding without their permission.

The Inec media are arguing that they dont have to power because they are all from Inec.


09.53AM: Corpers fighting over election materials…..Guess there is lack of materials here….. Ogidi ward 1..idemili team reporting.


09.56am: Governor just arrived @ eri primary sch 004 otuocha 1


Osita Chidoka, the UPP candidate, arrived his polling unit 030 at Central School 3 at 9.55am, but the officials at the unit just started setting up.


Voting began a little behind schedule at about 10 am at Enem ward, Abada junction polling station in Nnewi visited by Premium Times.

But most of the voters were seen milling around obviously waiting for party officials to share money to them before they vote.

They ignored pleas from electoral officers to go and vote and were seen chatting.

But at Ihialla Local Government, a mixup by INEC officials seems to have delayed the commencement of voting.

An electoral observer told our correspondent that voters refused to vote because electoral officers mixed up the electoral materials.

According to him, in some polling stations where there are supposed to be about two or three polling units, materials for just one polling unit were provided.


At Idemili North, Amaugochukwu Hall 1, Watching the Vote by YIAGA, an NGO, reports that “accreditation and voting was disrupted by two unknown gentlemen. INECofficials scampered for safety with the ballot papers but returned later to continue with the voting. Upon return they discovered the card reader and ballot box have been taken away. Accreditation and voting are now on hold.”


The UPP candidate, Osita Chidoka, voted at 10.15 a.m. at his polling unit at Central School Obosi.


The UPP candidate Osita Chidoka voting at 10.15am at his polling unit at Central School Obosi


10:06 Manual accreditation going on @PU 003 Ubuluisiozor ihiala LGA


10.07am: Governor Obiano leaving the polling unit @ eri primary sch 004 otuocha ward 1#snapandsend


10.19am: Voting and accreditation in progress @ CPS 1 ward 003. Voters turned out enmass to exercise their franchise. The PO, APO’s and all INEC official are working happily


10.24am: Voters here are being paid to vote for Apc.

This poster is freshly pasted around this unit.

A voter said it is to reiterate their stand and that so far the money has been good.

He refused to state how much he was given.

Another voter is seen showing a man his hand and insisting he has voted for Apc.


10.24am: voting exercise has commence at AkwuEgbo central school Uruagu otolo nnewi..the card reader is working perfectly..only 4 persons have casted their vote as at time of report.


‎At 10.11am ‎at Ward 015, Ihiala, some voters are threatening to beat up ad-hoc staff, pressurising them to use manual method as the card reader is faulty.


Vote and write your name in order to collect money from APC and APGA. APGA IS #2000. APC IS #2500


‎A party agent is seen lobbying for votes at Ogidi 2

PU 021, PU 009, and PU 010


The UPP candidate, Osita Chidoka, has complained of late arrival of electoral materials to his polling unit at Central School Onosi, Idemili North LGA.

He feared that the arrival of the materials two hours behind schedule could affect the process of election at the end of the day.

“I hope the late arrival would be taken into account in considering when the election would end, ” he said.

“We are also awaiting reports from our situation room to find out if the same thing was experienced across the state.”

PREMIUM TIMES observed the late arrival of the materials and INEC officials at the unit and many others in Idemili.

Mr. Chidoka, a former aviation minister, is challenging 36 other candidates in the election including incumbent governor Willie Obiano.


At 10.31am, at St Lous Catholic Church, Uruagu which also serves as Uruagu Ward 2, no voting or accreditation has commenced. The election officers just arrived at about 10:30am. Tables and chairs were made available to POs and APOs.


At Ogidi2, PU 009. After three trials. Finger print scan not working properly.


10.39am: At time of reporting,People are stranded and worried.the PO and APOs are having misunderstanding among them..voting have not commenced#SnapAndSend.


Voting in process but Card reader not detecting finger prints or voters cards of some people @ilu Abito square 001 nsugbe 1 #snapandsend


At Isseke
Amaudo/umezee Primary school 1, as at 10:45 a.m., over 30 people have voted out of the 612 on the voters register. PU 014 at same place, with 474 voters has had over 40 votes. PU 010 has 56 votes already.

There are PDP/APGA party agents present.

The PDP agent say he has been paying with his money to match APGA’s N3000 per vote. Both parties are hustling for voters.
An elderly woman in her late 60’s was led to the front by a few persons who claimed she was blind.
Surprisingly though, all her actions proved otherwise. The police officer resists saying they can’t have their way, they bullied him into accepting that she is blind.

She was subsequently helped to vote after getting accreditation and working up to the point of voting all by her self before she was joined. She later walked up to get her payment all by herself.


11.08am: At Okija Ward 2, PU 009, Umuohi Community Primary School, Okija, the Card Reader is experiencing difficulty reading some finger prints… The INEC Ad-hoc staff provided toilet tissue for people to clean their thumbs.

Meanwhile money is exchanging hands among political parties, PDP, apc and APGA. Unofficial party agents are seen trying to buy votes with N500 each.

Furthermore, campaign posters of both APGA and APC candidates are visible at the entrance of the premise.


11:17am: voting just started at st peters ogidi ward 1


Stomach Infrastructure by APC @ illo abito square Nsugbe. People are being encouraged by to vote with rice sharing by APC.


11.30am: Stomach Infrastructure Update. Food being shared to voters by APC agents @ilo Abito square PU001 Nsugbe ward 1#snapandsend


Voters at St. John of Thpe Cross Catholic Church Nnewi, Anambra whose surnames’ first letter falls within O-Z alphabet range are complaining that they are prevented from voting as their names were not found in the voters register. Others not affected did their accreditation and voting at same time.


The governorship candidate of the Progressive Peoples Alliance, PPA, Godwin Ezeemo, has raised alarm over an alleged attempt to disenfranchise him and ”his people” in Aguata in the ongoing governorship election in the state.

He spoke at his polling unit in Igwebuike civic center in Umuchu ward 1 in Aguata local government area.

He said that as at 10 a.m materials and INEC officials were yet to arrive his polling unit.

“Also there are no security operative yet at my polling unit at Umuchu ward 1 in Aguata Local Government area of Anambra State”, he added

Mr Ezeemo urged the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to extend the accreditation and voting time for Umuchu ward.
Mr Ezeemo expressed worry that even with all the preparations by INEC there are still delays in the election process.

He however expressed optimism that at the end of the entire process, he will emerge victorious.


11.50am: Voters at Orie market square Okpoko ward at Ogbaru at 11:48. There is no queue, no organization and people here don’t know how to vote. #SnapAndSend #TeamOgbaru


11:33 Uproar as Tony Nwoye arrives Illo abito square Nsugbe


11:46 At Ukpor ward 4, PU 007 and 008, Nnewi south, voters came out in their numbers to vote. Foreign observers can be seen monitoring the pools.11


11:49 Card reader is not working polling unit 003 st peters ogidi


As at 11.45am at Amamu 11, Wards 8 and 2, voters whose first letter of their surnames fall between O-Z are unable to vote. Their names are not on the list.

The missing names are assumed to be part of the names that should be on an extended polling unit for an extended voting point. They say they have been calling the supervisory polling officer who has not responded. Voters are crying fowl.

There are 831 voters on the unit/ward 008 hence there should be an alternate voting point, apovo. The materials for an apovo are on ground. There are 718 voters on the Ward 6 register.

Party agents buying votes are complaining that those who they pay to vote are folding the paper hence they are spoiling the ballot paper.

The assistant polling officer says that some whose names fall between A to N are not also on the register.


12.06pm: No voting in Iyiaga ward as officers refuse to cross over


At Umedim ward 1 in Otolo, people queue up to collect money from APGA after voting, same for APC.

Massive turn out of voters at Umudim Ward 1. Otolo, Nnewi North LGA

11:56am – Ogbaru LGA: at CPS Odekpe, Ward 1, PU 18, voters are not arranged in an orderly manner.


12.02pm: Sharing of N2,000 each to voters by party agents believed to be working for PDP at CPS Odekpe, ward 5, Ogbaru LGA.


@Nnewi North, almost every corner is littered with APGA posters, but we have not seen an APGA agent in Otolo Wards 1 and 2.

At Nnewi North LGA, Otolo ward 3; across all the pulling units, turn out is very low, voting is ongoing.

Agents seem to have pre-booked voters and they bring them to voting points and educate them on what to do.

At PU 12, voter turn out is very low and INEC officers appear to be relaxing.

Aguleri: Ward 2, Pu 005 is situated in somebody’s compound. Surprisingly others turned up in numbers there and are not complaining.


The voters register is pulled off the wall at unit 22 ward 2 Abatete in Idemili North LGA and voters manage to pour through the papers in search of their names.


APC running mate Dozie Ikedife exercise his franchise


12:50pm: At Ochuche town in Ogbaru LGA, Ward 6, Polling Unit 4. The PDP flagbearer, Oseloka Obaze, is yet to vote. He is from the aforementioned town, LGA, ward and polling unit and he is expected to vote here. A host of journalists, observers are anticipating his arrival.


We cleared bush before we started setting up our poling materials, a polling officer at Umuchem unit at Photo in Idemili South Local Government Area has said.

The official said when they arrived the venue early, the site for the voting was completely in the bush.

“I had to cut the grass myself before we manage to start the process at 9am,” she told PREMIUM TIMES.


13.13pm: APGA agent collecting voters card and given them money..Nnewi Ichi.. Polling unit
003


13.18pm: Apga agent sharing gala and malt at pu020/pu021.

Community primary school 1/2 Abatete.


13.04pm: ‎Assistant Polling Officer’s complain about not knowing the whereabouts of their polling officer, Unit 007, Ward 01, Onitsha north


12.47pm: No Election is taking place in the whole of AWA WARD, ORUMBA NORTH due to a major shortage of ballot papers. While registered voters are 2262, only 1261 ballot papers was given to the ad-hoc staff. Voters therefore, refused to proceed with the election.


APGA agent given INEC money at Nnewi ichi ward ..Polling Unit 003


See and buy live at polling unit 008 Umudioka primary sch awkuzu ward 2 ….Oyi LGA …#snapandsend


The supposed security men , relaxing under mango tree while the electoral process is ongoing at PU013,014,015 Ndiakwu otolo ward one nnewi #snapandsend


In Nkpor ward Two….. Woman making call in front of an observer telling someone on the phone dat PDP paid her #500 and APC #1000 for her to cast vote for their candidates. #snapandsend #Reporting.


‎Voting has ended at Uzoakika, Oddata Central School ward, Polling Unit 008, voting ended at 2:02pm. Counting going on now‎.

As at 14.21pm, at Uzoakika Oddata Central School ward, Unit 004 where voting didn’t start till 11pm, the polling agents who did not label ballot boxes continued attending to voters after the 2 pm deadline. As at 2:18pm, they were still receiving votes. The officials who arrived late also ate for about 20 minutes while voters stood waiting for them.


Voting ends in some polling units in Idemili north local government. Sorting of ballots have commenced in units At 5 and 6 in Uzubi Central School ward 3.


Voting ends in some polling units in Idemili North Local Government. At units 5 and 6 at Uzubi Central School, Ward 3, sorting of ballots has commenced.


While the gubernatorial election in Anambra state has begun, a dog was spotted at a polling unit in one of the communities with the campaign banner of the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Tony Nwoye. #AnambraDecides201 #SnapandSend


14.32pm: Results: Ward 3, PU 003, Idemili North LGA.

APC – 10

APGA – 63

PDP – 10

UPP – 5


‎At Nkpor 2, Idemili North, a party agent is heard talking on phone about how he needs more money (N100,000) to outpay another agent from another party.


Onitsha North LGA Ward 8,PU 007

Result computation in progress


14.43pm: PU007&8, Idemili North Oraukwu.

Ballot sorting and counting in progress


Votes being sorted @ PU Amansa primary school 011; Igbariam 05 Anambra east



Trouble at Umuenem otolo ward 2 as voters and agents are scrambling for the cash #snapandsend






15.09pm: Umudim Nnewi North LGA, PU- 5, Ward 1

APGA – 73

PDP – 22

APC – 26


Sorting of ballots at Unit 6, Ward 3, Idemili North LGA‎ ongoing


Delay in counting of votes:

There are perceived irregularities at the polling centre of the PDP flag bearer, Oseloka Obaze, Ward 6, PU 001 as of 3:10pm. Party members could be seen in groups arguing over what is believed to be how money should be shared.

At 3:12pm, counting of votes has not commenced. When asked, the INEC staff who seemed compromised argued that they are waiting for party agents before they commence. Based on the Electoral Act of 2010 as amended, it is mandatory that party agents be available to validate the vote counting process.


15.16pm: Umudim Ward 1, PU-015, Nnewi North LGA

Manual voting 47

Voting by card reader 34

Total number voted-81

APC – 29

APGA -34

PdC-1

PDP -16


Results: Ward 03, PU 004.

APC – 13

APGA – 41

PDP – 15

UPP – 17

VOID – 7

Reg. Voters 415

Total vote cast: 93


Sorting of ballots at unit 6 ward 3, idemili north LGA


Unit 6, Ward 3 Idemili North

APGA 69

APC 11

PDP 10

UPP 20


Ihiala LGA, Ogboro ward, Nkwoegbe primary sch 1. PU 004

Voting closed 2pm.

Counting commenced 4mins after 2.

Counting closed 2:33

Number of registered voters 220

Voter turn up . 56.

Results

Invalid – 6

APC 19

APGA 19

PDP 8

PDC 2

PPP 1

UPP 1


Umudim Uru ward 1 PU 12 Nnewi LGA


15.56pm: Nnewi north LGA umudim ward 1 PU 12 result sheet


15.46pm: Ovala square, PU 013. Igbariam

APGA 40

PDP 6

APC 15

PPA 1

NEPP 1

Rejected 4


Unit 23 Abatete Ward 02 Idemili North

APGA 62

PDP. 11

APC. 20


Nnewi North, Nnewi ichi Ward 2, Pu 003

Rejected vote 2

APGA 27

APC 16

PDP 21

Upp 1


PU 012, ‎‎Nnewi Ichi, Ward 2

APC 27

APGA 63

PDP 51

UPP 2

Rejected 12


PU 005, Nnewi Ichi Ward 2

APC 14

AGAP 1

APP 1

APGA 37

PDP 14

PPA 1

UPP 3

Rejected 14


The Independent National Electoral Commission has blamed corps members for delays in the commencement of Saturday’s governorship election in Anambra State.

A spokesperson for the commission, Solomon Soyebi, said most polling units could not open early as planned because many corps members who were meant to serve as poling officers did not have the right attitude towards the exercise.

Mr. Soyebi, who is INEC’s Voter Education and Publicity, later told PREMIUM TIMES that INEC had some problems with the corps members especially those brought from outside the state.

He said most of them did not want to go to where they were posted and that there was a mix-up in the posting of corps members.

In Awka-South, for example, Mr. Soyebi said INEC had to move about 180 corps members to Nnewi-North and South at about 8:30, which resulted in some delay.

He was however confident that challenges, including card reader failure in some instance, would not affect the election.

At several polling centres visited by PREMIUM TIMES, accreditation did not start until 9:30 a.m. and voting till 10:00 am.

For example, at 030 polling unit at Central school where on Osita Chidoka, one of the gubernatorial aspirants, United Progressives Party, UPP, voted, election did not start until past 10.

PREMIUM TIMES also observed that as at 12: 06 p.m., there was no voting at the Iyiaga Ward as officers.


UNIT 1 WARD 4 NJIKOKA LGA

APGA 215

APC 23

PDP 60

UPP 2


UNIT 003 ward 10 Njikoka LGA

APGA 153

APC 80

PDP 11


16.56 PM: Result for PU 015, Ward 2, Ihiala LGA

APC 63

PDP 26

APGA 54

UPP 5

Others 6

Total number of voters on registered list.856.. .total number of registered voters 115


The unit at Ihiala Ward 2 did not paste the form EC60E as required by law which led to a quarrel at the PU‎.


17.17pm: Oraukwu central school, PU 010, Idemiri north.


Ogbaru LGA: Central School Ochuche (Obaze’s polling centre)

Ward 6, PU 001

PDP: 370

APGA: 11

APC: 5

UPP: 1

Invalid: 4

Ward6, PU 014

PDP: 126

APGA: 8

APC:5

UPP: 0

Invalid: 16


Result for Nkpor Ward 2, Idemili North governorship, PU-022

APGA -36

PDP -16

APC-11

UPP-3

Invalid-11

APDA-1

AGAP-1


House of Assembly result for the above ward and unit

APGA -35

PDP -20

APC -15

Invalid-5

UPP -2

DA -1


Unit 003, Ward 10 Awka south

APGA. 153

APC. 80

PDP. 11


Unit 003 Ward 7 Awka south

APGA. 145

APC. 28

PDP. 15

UPP. 2


unit. 001 Ward 7 Awka South

APGA 219

APC. 37

PDP. 14

PPA. 3


unit 005 Ward 7 awka south

APGA. 99

APC. 10

PDP. 12

UPP. 1


06.09am: A few collation officers have arrived from LGA and scribbling down results into some sheets. However, INEC have not shown any sign of commencement in sight.























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    • Otunga

      You should be arrested

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  • Shahokaya

    So all the boycott threats by IPOB was gra gra?

    • dan

      IPOD do not represent the generality of the Igbo people.

      • Usher- Join The Revolution

        Thank you for this!

      • Julius

        True dat !!

    • Julius

      As usual ! They will tell us after the election that they reduced the number of the people that voted by their power and popularity. Watch this space !

    • Biafran 1967

      No real voters are there. Just people who have come to collect zoo bribes. Evil yoruba deviant.

    • Cypo

      Call for Boycott of an Election is not a threat. Call for a Sit-at-Home against an Election is not threat. It is called “CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE”. I am not a member of IPOB. But if you look at the Voter Turnout, then you will agree that the Call for Boycott was highly successful. Look at the results so far released, compare them with the results from the same Polling Centers in the 2013 election. Look at the result of PU-015 Ward 2 Ihiala with 856 registered voters, and only 115 accredited to vote. So, you have 741 voters who boycotted the election.

  • dan

    APC stomach infrastructure! LOL

  • Julius

    Good luck to the citizens of Anambra. May the best man win. We are waiting for the result !

    • Biafran 1967

      I see you have to earn your stipend commenting so you can celebrate Thanksgiving next week with your plate of amala. That is if Trump doesn’t deport you before then. What part of voters being paid to vote did you miss?

      • Julius

        So, I’m now getting paid for wishing the citizens of Anambra the best of luck ? Lmaoooooooo, you are indeed delusional. Voters are paid during the election,here we call it STREET MONEY..distributed by the ward or union leaders…under the guise of getting of getting people out to vote. I know there is no way that you can possibly know that .

  • MilitaryPolice01 [Joint Chief]

    Wow thank you PT, nice summary. Hope the winner will emerge with a sharp majority

  • musa aliero

    APC the party of mr buhari, busy buying votes and sharing rice up and down! Nawawo

    • Shahokaya

      APGA the party of Ojukwu sharing Gala, Malt and Money.

  • Biafran 1967

    Whoever emerges the ‘winner’ of this exercise of shame is the person who has paid the most bribes to corrupt and hungry people. No decent person would leave their house for this sick joke. Nigeria is dysfunctional joke.

    • Rommel

      Keyboard warrior, anumanu!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • sab

        Rommel, happy to see you back. Long time, where have been all this while? You missed a lot: MainaGate, Bari/KachikwuGate, Senator Misau/IGPGate etcetra, etcetra. Just rfresh your minds on these as well as PDP running the APC/Buhari FG. Waiting for your comments on also the Boko Haram killing of soldierd. Tnx

        • pambegua

          No matter how you criticized APC when it come to corruption they fought it better than PDP. The returned of Mainagate is a good development to the country as can of worms is been opened(we awaits the result). If it were PDP it will be swept under carpet but in APC it may be SLOW but surely the culprit will never go unpunished (watch what will happens to the GRASS CUTTER/NIA) Bari/Kachikwugate is an issue of insubordination not money stealing as PDP/IPOB propagandist made us to believed. Kachikwu did not complained of Embezzlement but Insubordination (which was found to be wrong as the constitution allows NNPC Tender Board to award contract worth $20b through presidency, FEC and NNPC Board where due process was followed and it was confirmed the Company Kachikwu recommended got some of the contracts. Therefore Kachikwu was involved but not the way he wants). Senator Misau requested the IG to post his police friend to a lucrative place but the IG refused causing Misau to speak unfounded facts accusing the IG. The truth will be told soon. The senate is Saraki Senate(PDP). Boko Haram no longer hold 90% of NE LGA now as it was during PDP. Hit and run killings still happened in Developed such as US, France and Britain so the bomblast you are witnessing now are inevitable. But the facts remained that the security of Nigeria is far better than during PDP

    • kinsly

      Retard.

    • pambegua

      Biafra 1967 I tot you said vote and die. How many voters have you killed now? FOOLS

  • JasV

    I was waiting for these riff raffs who said there will be no election. There is election and they would have been no longer in existence. Check with nwankwo kanu how he is being roasted in hell.

  • Ezomon Ehichioya

    PT. So far, so good reporting, as you promised. This ia a marked departure of what you did in the Osun West and Enugu LGC polls. The next assignment now, let us see the figures of votes cast at pilling units. Start reporting these at 4pm on the dot. We are relying on you today. Don’t fall our hand o. Thanks and Gid bless.

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  • Ntayi Anfani Bandawa

    “Despite being labelled a terrorist organisation, members of IPOB staged a demonstration in Onitsha, the Anambra State capital, threatening voters not to participate in today’s election.” – Excerpts from the above.

    Dear Premium Times, kindly be reminded that Onitsha is not the capital of Anambra state.

    Thank you.

    • Lanre Omomeji

      What do you expect from a newspaper that never borders to report on the specific identities of suicide bombers that attack Nigerians in the North or put the government to task on investigating the reason why suicide bombers are never named? This happens only in Nigeria…and it includes situations where the suicide bombers are arrested alive such as when their vests fail to detonate. PT is part of the scam to obfuscate the obvious – rape of the Nigerian citizenry by elite political class.

  • Dr Pat Mumuwole Awosan

    In the midst of this unnecessary hype and sensational reporting by PT and its journalists arising from a misplaced interpretation of what true democratic dividends entails, it is once again the bastardized, neglected, maltreated and ignored so called ordinary people/citizens of Anambra who lose. Their loss is always almost 100%.

    The children of whoever wins the elections will soon after the elections stop attending Nigerian schools, stop receiving treatment in Nigerian hospitals, begin to fly first class, stop riding their old cars and switch to bullet proof cars, shop in all capital cities of Europe, US and Asia. Whereas, those who stood on the queue to vote will brace up for the worst – Resident Doctor’s strike, University Lecturer’s strike, fuel scarcity, NUPENG strike, bad erosion laden roads, police and Army brutality including killings and disappearances…until the next elections and the cycle continues. It is a classic example of what you expect when irresponsible scallywags govern a nation. Which country in Europe will ever accept a Buhari to pass through screening and be a presidential candidate when he could not for once address/discuss any economic issue(s) affecting the country he wished to lead? He ran and avoided presidential debates like a plague. Who avoids an opportunity to show that you are better than your opponent in a contest? Imagine one of Clinton or D. Thrump refuse to appear at a final debate. But in Nigeria anyone however dumb, illiterate, brainless, extremist or sickly can become president on the banal basis of religious affinity or ethnicity. That sure is not a country.

    SOLUTION: Let us experiment with confederation or devolution of powers to regions and making the presidency more or less ceremonial or scraped altogether. This will accelerate growth in all regions at unprecedented pace. Another alternative is disintegration. Simple!

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