- Two people were arrested in Nsugbe for causing disturbances during the electoral process
- Another man was arrested by DSS operatives for reportedly trying to buy votes
- There were unconfirmed reports of ballot snatching as well
Not fewer than five people have been arrested so far in the ongoing Anambra governorship election for various electoral offences.
The Nation reports that police arrested two suspects said to be working for the local government chairman of Anambra east for causing trouble during voting.
The arrests followed the fight that erupted at Nsugbe, the ward of the All Progressive Congress’s candidate Tony Nwoye’s ward.
The fight was allegedly caused by members of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA).
Punch reports that trouble began when a man, identified as a local government chairman, Pius Ifeadi, came to Ward 1 Nsugbe (Ofianta unit) with some boys.
They wanted to inspect the processes but were stopped by people at the polling unit who accused him of working for APGA.
The fight deepened and police ended up arresting two people believed to be thugs assisting the council boss.
“The chairman is not from this ward. He belongs to another ward. But surprisingly he came here with some boys. The people resisted his attempt to start dictating for them. Then trouble began and the police took two of his boys.
“This place is PDP, so we couldn’t understand why an APGA man should come here to dictate for us on how to vote,” a witness said.
In another report, Vanguard writes that another man was arrested for reportedly trying to buy votes of electorates at a polling unit.
The unnamed man was arrested by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) who whisked him away to an unknown destination.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had earlier reported that Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra state, on Saturday, November 18, addressed his supporters at a polling unit, while voting was ongoing.
And in reaction, activists have accused him of violating Electoral Act.
They contended that the governor’s address constituted a form of campaigning, which the law says must end 24 hours before voting.
Anambra election: Awka residents speak on who they will vote for and why - NAIJ.com TV