Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Kano Rerun: Thugs chase away voters at Suntulma Polling Unit of Gama Ward


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As Kano State re-run elections go on today, hundreds of political party supporters have cried out over attempts by thugs to disenfranchise them at the disputed Gama Ward, Nasarawa local government area of the state.

DAILY NIGERIAN correspondent who visited a Polling Unit in Suntulma Primary School at Gama Ward observed that dozens of voters were scampering for their safety as armed thugs in their numbers appeared at the voting centre brandishing their weapons in an effort to disperse the electorate.

However, it was observed that some of these voters have showed resilience as they kept coming back to the polling units to form queues before the thugs would come back and disrupt them, just like a cat and mouse game.

As at the time of filing this report, thugs seem to have held sway in the Polling Unit.

However, the security agents at the polling unit were seen making calls apparently requesting for reenforcement.

Most of the residents who spoke with DAILY NIGERIAN expressed their anger over the development, saying what is happening is not ideal democracy.

“We have been out since 7am. We want to cast our votes but these thugs have been intimidating us. Look at us now, standing in despair in our streets without voting,” said a voter who identified herself as Aisha.

“See, the police are not doing anything. The thugs are intimidating voters to vote for APC and the police are just watching. We suspect that they are being compromised,” she added.

Another resident of the area, Kabiru Dubuja, expressed displeasure over what was transpiring at the ward, saying he never imagined the election would be marred by irregularities.

He lamented over the insensitive posture of the security agencies drafted at the polling units.

“This is how thugs are holding sway here at the sight of the police.

“We call on president Buhari to intervene into this matter. His integrity is at stake if he did not intervene and sanitize our democracy,” Mr Dubuja said.

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