By Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt
Governor Nyesom Wike has finally voted after initial failure of the BIVAS device to accredit him and wife, Justice Suzette.
*At time Wike voted, the wife had not voted because the malfunctioning BIVAS.
Initially, Wike expressed disappointment when BVAS failed to accredit him and his wife after waiting for a long while at his polling unit, Ward 9 unit O7 Rumueprikom, in Obio-Akpor LGA with his wife for accreditation and voting.
Also, at Unit 18, Rumuigbo in Obio-Akpor local government party thugs asked voters to stop voting if they are not voting for their preferred candidate. The frustrated Voters had to quietly go home to avoid confrontation with the thugs.
Earlier, Wike could no cast his vote because of malfunction BVAS machine in his Polling unit at Ward 7 unit 9 Rumuepirikom, Obio Akpor LGA.
INEC officials had advised him to return later as they had invited their technical team to check the machine.
Wike advised INEC to ensure that their machines functioned well before election day.
However, there was an ugly situation brewing in Ward 9, Elioparanwo,Unit 13 and 14.
According an eyewitness, Bekee Anyalewechi called for “a strong military presence urgently needed at Ward 9, Elioparanwo Units 13 and 14. Large turnout of voters but suspected thugs believed to be working for a sitting governor have arrived there and stopped voting.
“They claimed they were given order to ensure a certain Presidential candidate was delivered, and so, whoever was not going to vote for their candidate should vacate the Polling Units. Frustrated voters are calling for immediate military help”.
Also, Apostle Chibuzor Chinyere, Founder and General Overseer of Omega Power Ministry, OPM,posted on his Facebook page “God bless Nigerian Army, after my call to them. They just arrived Aluu. Pls all those that were not allowed to vote their choice, go back and vote. Army is there now in Aluu, Ikwerre Local Government Area”.