Pandemonium broke out on Monday at the Peoples Democratic Party governorship primary in Plateau State as aspirants and agents rejected the ballot boxes provided, labelled according to local governments.
The aspirants threatened to walk out of the election venue if the electoral panel insisted on using transparent ballot boxes labelled according to the 17 council areas.
Reacting to the protest, the chairman of the electoral panel, Abdullahi Ohioma, said, “After due consultation, we have decided to remove the label on the ballot boxes so that the election can commence.”
Mr. Ohioma, however, was unable to put an end to the protest as the venue had become rowdy.
The state Commissioner of Police, Nasiru Oki, commandered his men to secure the empty ballot boxes.
Meanwhile, Mr. Ohioma, in a welcome address, shortly before the protest, said they had accredited 818 delegates.
Other members of the electoral panel were Rifkatu Samson, Salisu Magaji, Garba Ibrahim and the state acting PDP chairman, Raymond Dabo.
It was confirmed that 16 aspirants were contesting the Plateau state governorship primary.
The election commenced with delegates from Wase, Mango and Riyom. Delegates were eventually allowed to cast their votes in any ballot box.