- A widespread violence has prevented the candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) from voting in Rivers state
- Rivers APC guber candidate, Tony Cole, was reported to have left his polling unit after violence broke up killing at least 15 people
- As the state becomes a battle ground for violence, INEC has shifted the election exercise to a new date
Widespread violence has prevented the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Rivers state, Tony Cole, from voting.
Cole, a former chief executive officer of Sahara Energy, is from Abonnema in Akuku Torlu local government area, an area that has witnessed widespread violence on election day.
Reliable sources in the area told Legit.ng that the community has been a battle ground for armed militants, and soldiers deployed to maintain peace.
A local election observer, who chose to be anonymous told Legit.ng via phone: ''This area is under siege. No single voting. All the INEC staff deployed to this area have gone back to Port Harcourt for their own safety.''
Legit.ng gathered that heavy gunshots have been the order of the day in the area as residents stayed indoors to avoid been hit by stray bullets.
The Independent National Electoral Commission has already announced that elections in the area would be rescheduled to another date.
Another area where elections would be held at a later date is Bonny local government area due to violence.
In Port Harcourt where Legit.ng reporter monitored the election, there were road blocks in major junctions by soldiers, but election went on peacefully in major parts of the capital city.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that about 15 people were allegedly shot dead in Rivers state during the presidential and National Assembly elections.
The victims lost their lives in violence that erupted at Akuku Toru local government area of the state.
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