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Just as Nigerians stepped out on Saturday, March 18, 2023, to elect 28 state governors, 993 state lawmakers, like Nollywood Actress, Chioma Akpotha, many have been attacked by alleged All Progressives Congress (APC) thugs at different polling units in Lagos.


According to one Preach love: “APC thugs came out and were seen roaming the streets, threatening people who they suspected would not vote for APC, saying ‘If you don’t want to vote for APC, stay in your house.’ the police always dismiss it as a joke.”



Sangotedo Eti-Osa


An electorate, T.Jay, stated: “This happened in my polling unit at Sangotedo Eti-Osa, they pursued us with canes back our houses. Even the military men wanted to save the situation but they got order from the top to leave the area. They chased everyone away at my polling unit, aside APC Voters. This is Lakowe in Ibeju Lekki.”

APC Thugs flogging people who want to vote for Labor Party at Shomolu in Abiodun Street.



“They are telling people from Imo, Abia, Enugu, Anambra etc to go back to their state and vote. This is happening at Ikota Primary School Lagos,” Preach love added.

Mainland LGA

“Happening now at Mainland LGA, Lagos. Individuals are being chased away, while only APC supporters are allowed to vote,” T.Jay asserted.

The governorship and the state houses of assembly elections are taking place today across Nigeria.

Also holding today are the Esan Central/Esan West/Igueben Federal Constituency election halted during the 25 February Presidential and National Assembly polls as a result of the omission of the Labour Party logo and that of the Enugu East Senatorial District which was shifted following the killing of Oyibo Chukwu, the party’s candidate in the district, on 22 February.

The state elections, the second phase of the 2023 General Elections, was initially scheduled for 11 March but deferred by one week following a Court of Appeal order granting the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) permission to reconfigure the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) for the exercise. This followed the 3 March ex-parte order of the court given to some political parties to inspect materials used for the presidential poll whose results they are challenging. (TNG) recalls that last month’s elections held in 470 constituencies comprising 109 senatorial districts, 360 federal constituencies and one presidential.

Today’s governorship elections will hold in 28 out of the 36 states of the federation.

Elections will not be conducted in Anambra, Bayelsa, Edo, Ekiti, Imo, Kogi, Ondo and Osun States where off-cycle polls are held at different times.

The electoral calendars of those states were altered due to judicial pronouncements. INEC has already scheduled the elections in Kogi, Bayelsa and Imo for November.

The exercise will not also hold in the FCT (Abuja) because it has neither a governor nor an assembly. The territory is administered by the federal government through a ministry and the National Assembly where it is represented by a senator and two members in the House of Representatives.

All 18 registered political parties are fielding over 400 governorship candidates in the 28 states in today’s contest. The breakdown shows that Abia, Akwa Ibom, Plateau and Taraba States have the highest number of candidates with 18 each followed closely by Delta, Enugu, Kano, Rivers and Sokoto with 17 candidates each. Cross River and Yobe have the least number of candidates with 11 each.

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