Elections Peaceful In Ogu,Tombia
The PDP candidate for Rivers East Senatorial District Senator George Thompson Sekibo said the Presidential and National Assembly election in Ogu/Bolo Local Government Area were very peaceful despite hiccups over excursion of men and electoral materials meant for the riverine communities of ward six and twelve and an attempt by some hoodlums to prevent the distribution of materials at Bolo community.
Senator Sekibo who spoke with our correspondent after casting his vote at Ward Two, unit six, Abaji Polo in Ogu said the heavy presence of military gunboats at the Ogu Jetty where the materials and officials for the election were to be transported to the various voting centers created some tension as the officials and others felt they could hijack the materials.
He said even when INEC Officials and some party agents wanted to board the speedboats were refused entry, and this led to suspicions, adding that the military would have simple asked the INEC officials and the electorates to board another speedboat and follow them in order to douse all suspicion.
According to him, the electorates as harmless as they are only had their permanent voters’ cards, stressing that he had not seen where six gunboats were deployed for an election except during war time.
The senatorial candidate commended the people for their maturity and understanding as the materials and officials safely got to their various Wards, units for the voting to commence peacefully.
The chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogu/Bolo LGA, Hon Arnold David thanked the people of the area for their show of maturity.
On INEC distribution of materials, Hon David said it was prompt apart from Ward eleven due to logistic problems, stressing that the materials left the RAC centers early, the Card Reader was a problem in some units.
He called on INEC to restratigize in subsequent elections, noting that nobody was harassed or intimidated by security agents.
The party chairman enjoined the people to maintain the attitude of living like brothers as politics will come and go, and called on the members of the party to keep faith in PDP.
The Presidential and Nationally Assembly elections took place peacefully in Wards 7, 8, 9 and 10, of Tombia in Degema Local Government Area of Rivers State.
INEC materials arrived late, but voters queued up in Ward 7 at about 12.30pm to cast their votes. All the seven units were busy with voters lining up to cast their votes and there was no reported case of violence.
Ward 8 recorded massive turnout for the elections. There was initial case of card reader malfunctioning that was promptly resolved and voters were seen voting for candidates of their choice peacefully without interference.
In ward9, accreditation started by 1.pm as Card Reader initially functioned slowly, but voters were seen queuing in all the 8 units of the ward ready to vote. At about 2.30pm voting commenced in all the units and ended at about 6.00pm. There were no cases of ballot box snatching, violence and other malpractices. Party agents told our reporter that they had their copies of duly signed results sheets at the end of the poll.
Our reporter gathered that huge security deployment to the area was largely responsible for the peaceful conduct of the election and resolved to maintain peace and order for the process to go on smoothly.