Polls: EFCC burst Obaseki’s aide Enoma for alleged vote-buying

A special Adviser to Governor Godwin Obaseki has been reported arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The Peoples Democratic party (PDP) stalwart whose name was give as Mr Enoma, was accused of aiding voter-buying in the locality.

Enoma was nabbed after agents of the anti-graft burst Olua Primary school and Uselu town hall voting centres in Egor Local Government Area of the State.

TheNewspad could not immediately verify of the Governor’s aide has been let off the hook as at the time of filing this report.

Also, suspected thugs invaded Uhogua in Ovia North East Local Government Area of Edo State where the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Camp is located.

It was learnt that voting has commenced when hoodlums disrupted voting exercise and carted away BVAS machines and other voting materials.

At least one person was said to have been injured, while INEC adhoc staff who escaped by whiskers, are now taking refuge in a nearby house.

In parts of Oredo Local Government Area of the State, there are reports of voter apathy, claims of vote manipulation and harassment of voters by suspected thugs who latched in on the security lapses in the area.

In Emokpae primary school voting Centre on Mission, suspected thugs also dispersed some voters from casting their ballots after governor Godwin Obaseki with his wife, Betsy Obaseki had finished casting their ballots.

TheNewspad could not immediately verify the claim at Emokpae primary school.

LBut a voter male alleged that they threatened him that if he does not vote for a particular political party, he will not be allowed to vote.

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Another voter who identified herself as Mrs. Omogiate, said Oluku Ward, electoral materials arrived early.

But, she could not cast her ballot because her name was missing on INEC voter register. The challenges were prevalent at polling Unit 31, and Unit 7, according to reports.

Similarly, Prince Eweka alleged that he heard gunshots behind the voting centre.

He alleged that some voters were scared away after some hoodlums warned that if voters do not vote for a particular party, they should leave the voting Centre.

This development scared some voters away from exercising their franchise. Soon after armed security personnel arrived the voting centre, the hoodlums escaped, according to voters.

Shortly after the security patrol team left the venue, the eligible voters said the thugs returned and laid siege to Udunowina primary school and began to harass and intimidate voters.

Confirming the incident, the State Commissioner of police on election duty, CP. Ben Okolie said he got the report of alleged shootout at Udunowina primary school and quickly mobilised to the area.

But, he said no arrest was made in connection with the incident, assuring that suspects who have been arrested for various electoral offences, will be handed over to INEC for prosecution.

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