2019 elections: Soldiers stop voters from polling units in Kaduna

2019 elections: Soldiers stop voters from polling units in Kaduna

- Nigerians are heading to the polls to elect a new president and their representatives at the National Assembly

- Soldiers reportedly prevented some voters from accessing their polling units in Kaduna

There was mild drama at Stadium Roundabout, Kaduna, on Saturday morning, February 23, when soldiers reportedly stopped some voters from accessing their polling units.

The Cable reports that the soldiers stopped residents of the southern part of the Kaduna metropolis whose polling units are located in the various places at the city centre.

The soldiers claimed to have been following orders from above not to allow movement.

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2019 elections: Soldiers stop voters from polling units in Kaduna
The protesters displaying their PVCs and chanting "Buhari must go". Photo Credit: The Cable
Source: UGC

Protesting the restriction, the voters who displayed their PVCs started chanting “Buhari must go". They insisted that nobody would stop them from accessing their polling units.

According to report, the soldiers tried to seize mobile phones from journalists who were taking pictures of the incident.

The journalists defied the soldiers, insisting that they were performing their constitutional duties.

A senior army officer later intervened to avert chaos. The officer ordered that all those with their PVCs should be allowed to pass.

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Meanwhile, the state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has arrived at his polling unit in Unguwan Sarki and has taken his place on the queue.

The governor queued among hundreds of voters in their polling unit 024, Runka/Marnona opposite NDA, Anguwan Sarki, Kaduna North LGA.

Legit.ng had reported earlier that INEC officials and election materials were yet to arrive at a polling unit where former president Olusegun Obasanjo is to vote in Abeokuta, Ogun state.

Empty tables were seen at the ward 11, unit 22, Olusomi Compound, Abeokuta-North local government area.

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