The supplementary Governorship rerun election, at Rijiya “A” 004 polling unit, in Sokoto State South Local Government Area, was almost marred by chaotic atmosphere, with attendant rowdiness, tension and anxiety, resulting to the exchange of blows between supporters and Agents of the two major political parties, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and All Progressives Congress, APC.
It took the presence of the Commissioner of Police, Garba D. Muhammad, and his men, to control the situation.
A source revealed that the situation was sparked by an attempt by an Agent of one of the major contenders, to engage in alleged vote-buying.
“The Agent was negotiating at N10,000 per vote”, he said.
Inspite of the tight security, the exercise at the polling unit with no fewer than 405 registered, created a chaotic atmosphere, which almost overwhelmed the Security Agents deployed to the unit.
However, the polling unit was already speculated to be a tough spot, where the contest was kin during the general elections.
Besides, materials and INEC Officials were prompt with Smart Card Readers functioning smoothly in most polling units visited.
It was gathered that voters had filed out since 6am, at the polling units, with large turnout of women to exercise their franchise.
The State Commissioner of Finance, Saidu Umar, who spoke at the scene of the exercise, urged Security Agents to remain vigilant, to ensure the smooth conduct of the polls.
Similarly, Professor Aisha Isah Madawaki said that the process commenced orderly and peaceful, but at a point, the scenario became tensed, and the exercise almost got disrupted.