Abuja - The federal and state legislative rerun elections, held in Rivers State yesterday, erupted in a wave of violence that has reportedly claimed the lives of five people and culminated in the postponement of election in six local government areas (LGAs).
In an election where violence took centre stage, the polls were as marred by accusations posed from the People's Democratic Party (PDP) against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Vanguard has reported.
Governor Nyesom Wike was the first to throw shade, calling out INEC for being unprepared for the elections. INEC was fast to respond, however, placing the blame on political actors for instigating violence and disruption electoral processes.
Aniedi Ikoiwak, Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), also claimed that allegations of fake results sheets being circulated were untrue, despite the PDP having taken to its Twitter page to share pictures of the sheets in question and accuse the All Progressives Congress (APC), as well as INEC, of poll rigging.
Those affected most heavily were the residents of the Asari-Toru LGA, where three of the five deceased lost their lives.
Two of the civilians were killed in Buguma LGA, where a gun battle broke out between political thugs in the area.
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The third fatality was said to have occurred in the Abalama community where sources claim a chieftain sped away in fear of an angry mob, crushing a young man to death.
The remaining two fatalities were said to have taken place in the Eleme and Tai LGAs.
In addition to the mayhem plaguing various poll stations, dynamite was said to have been detonated in the Konor LGA during the course of the elections.
In addition to the arrest of the Secretary to the Rivers State Government, Kenneth Kobani, APC and PDP thugs clashed in Ward 4, Unit 8, Rumuodumayan resulting in claims that supporters from both parties had allegedly been stabbed.
Despite heavy security presence and bouts of violence in various areas, some citizens have praised INEC for a job well done, saying that card readers worked efficiently and that the election process ran smoothly.
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