Reports reaching us indicate that there was a low turnout of voters in Anambra state as voters chose to remain indoors. Benue State is no different.
According to Daily Trust, voters were few voters on the queue at Eri Primary School, Aguleri Otucha ward1, Governor Willie Obiano’s polling unit.
Presiding officer of the unit, Eloka Michael, said the card reader did not work and that they had to resort to manual accreditation. A Daily Trust correspondent who went round the state gathered that the exercise is going on smoothly.
The situation is no different in Benue State which according to the Daily post suffered from low turnout of voters because there was apathy of voters who may have decided to boycott the poll because of security issues.
Voters were believed to have stayed away due to threats by a party to unsettle the state if the election was not in its candidate’s favour.
At Ifikeri polling unit in Owukpa, out of the over 800 registered voters, only about 15 were accredited to vote at 1 pm, while some INEC ad-hoc staff were seen idling away in some remote polling units in the outskirts of the town.
In Ugbokolo, a reporter observed that some youths in the area were seen playing football in a primary school in Efoyo with few voters at the polling booths.
Only some major spots witnessed large turnout in Otukpo, the headquarters of Idoma land.
Daily post also gathered that accreditation has ended in some polling units in Makurdi, the state capital just as INEC official were battling with the card reader in Gboko, Apa and Okpokwu.
Meanwhile Punch reports that there was low turnout of voters at the ward of the People's Democratic Governorship candidate in Lagos state, Jimi Agbaje. The candidate also appealed to voters to come out and vote for candidates of their choice.