Ugwuanyi, Ekweremadu hail peaceful conduct of Enugu election
THE People’s Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu have hailed the peaceful conduct of the governorship and House of Assembly elections in Enugu.
Both men spoke to journalists after casting their votes on Saturday. According to Ekweremadu, after casting his vote at Amachara Mpu Ward 010 in Aninri Council in the state, the election “has brought partisan politics to a temporary end, and on Monday, attention must shift to governance.”
Ugwuanyi said, “ Enugu is known for its peace and we are happy that the election was observed in peace.”
Ekweremadu, who called on politicians to devote ample time to governance while putting partisan politics said, “we should be talking more about governance and leadership now. We are all going to come together to heal whatever wounds the elections might have brought on the country. It is very fundamental that both those who were elected and those who lost should come together to address the challenges of our people. Irrespective of our political parties, we are still one Nigeria, and all this politicking is all about Nigerians”.
Meanwhile, security was tighter in yesterday’s election as soldiers and other security agencies ensured that only authorized vehicles with proper clearance were on the roads. Several drivers were detained with their vehicles within the Enugu City, while commercial buses and private travelers were also stopped from continuing their journey in or out of the city on the Enugu end of the Port Harcourt Enugu Expressway.
Thugs attack polling booth in Igboeze
IN another development, three persons were injured when suspected armed thugs invaded Itchi Uwani Ward 006, polling centre during yesterday’s election in Igboeze South Council, Enugu.
The Itchi Uwani ward is the ward of APC governorship candidate, Chief Okey Ezea. According to eye witness reports, about some minutes past 10 am, seven armed thugs allegedly escorted by police men driving in vehicles bearing ENGH stormed the polling centre while the thugs shot sporadically into the air to scare voters before snatching electoral materials.
The thugs reportedly used broken bottles to inflict injury on the head of Ezea’s elder brother after beating him to stupor. The attackers later fled with some voting materials while security men chased them.
_ Chief Ezea, told journalists that the disruption and attack was to prevent voting in his area “and create the impression that I am a nobody and that my own people did not vote for me in my ward.”
A voter, Mr. Dennis Okoh said: “After the attack, it took some time for people to return to the polling centre.”
As at 2:34 on Saturday, accreditation was still going amid tight security after the stolen electoral materials were recovered.
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