Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for the gubernatorial elections in Edo, Godwin Obaseki, has reportedly led thugs pretending to be his supporters to a polling unit in Benin City, Edo state, where they have commenced intimidation of voters and INEC officials.
This was at ward 4 in Oredo local government area of Edo State where the governor arrived with a horde of supporters. They immediately commenced fighting with All Progressives Congress (APC) supporters and started sending them out of the field in Emokpea primary school mission road.
It was reported that one of the thugs attempted to snatch the ballot box but he was immediately cautioned by other PDP thugs who told him that it was too early.
The governor, however, did nothing about the violent conduct of his thugs and reportedly pretended not to see the intimidation of APC supporters at the polling centre
Meanwhile PDP agents put election on hold, commence vote buying in Uhunmwode, Esan Central, Ovia Southwest
Drama has erupted at polling centres in Edo state as PDP agents, protected by thugs have reportedly appeared at polling centres with offers to buy votes. This was reported by election observers in Benin City, who noted that the PDP agents have also prevented voting from taking place until the arrival of their leader.
It was gathered that around 10:15am, PDP agents appeared in Uhunmwode Ward 2, Unit 6, igniting chaos and insisting there would be no voting until and unless their party leader arrived. This held voters and INEC staff to a standstill.
Meanwhile, at Esan Central, Ward 7, Unit 6, miscreants suspected to be working for the PDP have also been reported trying to disrupt voting and intimidating voters, who have refused to accept financial inducements, and are now threatening them to go home without voting.
Furthermore, PDP agents in Ovia Southwest are reportedly brewing trouble in Ward 4, Unit 7, with APC agents trying to stop those of PDP from inducing voters with cash, a situation which has pitted them against each other.
In all the centres the police look on and seem helpless, as they allow the PDP heavy chests free rein to intimidate voters.
Concerned parties have, however, called on DIG, Adeleye Olusola Oyebade, and his assistants to rescue voters currently suffering the intimidation of the PDP agents and thugs across the state.