- An explosion was heard in a polling centre in Abia state as residents trooped out to vote for their preferred candidate
- Eyewitnesses say a loud bang was heard as voters queued to exercise their franchise
- Security operatives, however, restored calm in the area after arriving at the scene
Vanguard is reporting that a substance suspected to be a bomb has exploded at the Umuola Hall, Ward 8, Ogbor Hill, Aba North council, at the ongoing bye-election into the Aba North/South federal constituency seat.
According to the report, no life was lost, but electoral materials were scattered as workers, voters and party agents scampered to safety.
Security agents were said to have visited the area and restored order while voting has restarted.
A voter, who gave his Chinedu Eze said they were on queue when a loud sound enveloped the area and everyone fled.
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“We were on queue; some people were being accredited to cast their votes when we heard a loud sound. Everybody took to their heels. It was a bomb and we didn’t know where it came from.”
Some Nigerians have been commenting on the incident via social media.
John Louis Ugwuegbu wrote on Twitter:
“They are preempting 2023!”
Oghenetega Otobo wrote:
“We should better embrace electronic voting now!! This nonsense has to stop!!”
Sparo Swagg wrote:
“Once violence starts in any election, just know that APC is losing!”
Nuel Ikeagwu wrote:
“It is the same storyline at every election in Nigeria.”
Adedeji Tomisin asks:
“After electoral materials were destroyed, they still continued? What is the reliability of the outcome of such an election now?”
Emma Obi wrote:
“They are ready to kill just to get power. It will never be well with greedy politicians.”
On Nairaland, a Nigerian with the moniker, DuroforChange wrote:
“It is expected as a result of the happenings in Abia in recent times.”
Garfield 1 wrote:
“Ogbor hill is dominated by settlers who will not vote for PDP. I hope the elections will not end up being canceled like that of Ekiti east last week.”
“That scampering would not happen for nothing, the polling unit might have been compromised either by PDP or APC.”
Recall that the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Friday, March 26 confirmed that it will fully participate in Saturday's bye-election with its candidate, Mr. Mascot Uzor Kalu.
A statement sent to Legit.ng on Friday, March 26 by the party's deputy national publicity secretary Yekini Nabena, urged the public to disregard speculations in certain quarters contrary to the party's position on the candidature of Uzor-Kalu.
The statement also called on all the party's chieftains in Abia state to fully support and work for the success of Saturday's election.
Meanwhile, Orji Uzor-Kalu, a former governor of Abia state, has urged the people of the southeast to join the APC, adding that it is an opportunity for Igbo people to join the winning team.
The lawmaker suggested that joining the party is beneficial because the APC is committed to a united and indivisible Nigeria.