Infuriated youths yesterday attacked armed operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and prevented them from removing a ‘Ghana-must-go’ bag filled with wads of crisp naira notes at Makurdi, Benue State.
At the polling unit 011 opposite North Bank Central Mosque where APC gubernatorial candidate was speaking with reporters after casting his vote, the youths defied an operative corking his gun and began hitting the EFCC operatives’ white bus which fled the area.
“At North Bank Area, Makurdi, EFCC operatives intercepted bags of cash meant for vote-buying. In an attempt to arrest the culprit, some thugs attacked operatives and vandalised the bus used for patrol,” the EFCC later said on its twitter handle, @officialefcc.
Senator George Akume’s Wannunen village, about forty minutes’ drive from Makurdi and where many in Makurdi said that a PDP ward had been burnt, it was found to be completely untrue.
At Akume’s home in the village at around 11.30, The Nation ran into a combined team of security operatives led by a police officer, Hussain Idasho, who said that they were looking for an INEC ad-hoc staff who had disappeared along with election materials.
“We have orders from Makurdi to find a corps member who was supposed to have arrived at the polling unit with the election materials.
“The presiding officer, a corps member, is the one that we are searching for and no place in this area is exempted,” he said.
Later, at 12. 30pm, Akume arrived the village and went straight to his polling unit, hailed with shouts of ‘Jagaban’, ‘Messiah of Benue People’ by a throng of supporters and kinsmen.
Speaking with reporters after voting, Akume said that the orderly election process that he witnessed yesterday was a sure sign that Ortom would lose, leave Government House and go to jail.
Meanwhile, the media officer of the Benue All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Emmanuel Jime, has described as false and fake news purported reports linking him with intercepted cash at a polling unit.
In a press statement signed by Kulas Tersoo and made available to newsmen, the APC candidate denied any knowledge of purported interception cash at his polling unit.
The statement reads thus: “We are not aware of any arrest or incident as described in these reports.”
Jime arrived his Northbank 001 polling unit at a few minutes past 9 am, got accredited and proceeded to cast his vote in the company of his wife.
Done with the voting process, he granted a series of media interviews and immediately left for his Northbank, Makurdi residence with no incident outside the usual cheers from supporters.