Kogi governor, Idris Wada didn’t exactly have the best of days, on Saturday, November 21, when the state governorship election was held.
Although it took Wada 15 minutes to conclude his accreditation, his wife, Halima Wada, didn’t have it that easy.
Her details could not be electronically captured during the accreditation, and after repeatedly trying to get her accredited, Halima resorted to manual accreditation.
As at 11:20am, Wada was done with his accreditation, but due to the many hitches with the card reader, the accreditation at his ward was extended.
At about 3.30pm, the governor came and out and insisted that the INEC officials begin the process of voting.
An evidently upset Wada, said: “Why are you (INEC officials) signing the ballot papers now?”
“Since after accreditation, I have been waiting, waiting in my house. What is going on? Honestly, it is bad.”
“At my level you cannot treat me like this. Sign it! Sign it! I will not accept it! You should have organised yourselves and you are slowing down the process. This is a deliberate attempt.”
After casting his vote around 3.45pm, Wada spoke to journalists and lamented the fact that the card readers were malfunctioning and also the presence, of fake security operatives.
Wada said: “I think this is a deliberate attempt to frustrate all these people that have come to exercise their civic responsibility. I am not happy about this.”
“State wide, I am hearing report of ballot box snatching in some local government areas such as Okota and Iyanu ward; snatching of ballot boxed and stuffing them with thump-printed ballot papers.
“These are going to be documented and pursued with INEC because after all the voter education, it will really be sad for our country when such things are allowed to happen. It should be a free, fair competition. I do not know why people are doing this. We will pursue it with INEC at the right time.”
“There were cases of fake soldiers and policemen that were brought, intimidating people at the point of voting. I am not suspecting involvement of the Federal Government.
This is a local arrangement in Kogi State. We will collate the reports from all the local government areas and the national leadership of our party will take a position. I am impressed by the general turnout of voters.”