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I Was Not Allowed To Vote by coolayou(m): 3:59am On Apr 14, 2015
Unlike March 28th where the PDP agent hijacked presidential and House of Reps ballot papers and sped off in a waiting motor cycle shortly after accreditation , which brought the voting process to an abrupt end without giving me and many others the chance to vote, April 11th election in PU003 (Primary School Isama), ward 6, Oruk Anam LGA of Akwa Ibom was another experience altogether.
With the assurances that security shall be hightened following the deployment of a supervising AIG to Akwa Ibom and a corresponding deployment of 3 Commissioners of Police one for each senatorial district of the state, we all trooped out as early as 8am to the polling center.
The electoral officials arrived some few minutes past 8am and commenced accreditation.
At about 9am, some prominent PDP members in the ward arrived in a navy blue tinted hilux van and asked to see the PDP Agent of the unit who, they were told was not around the polling unit as at the time of their visit. They now called the PO1, a Youth Corp Member and handed her an envelop and told her that 60k was in it to be shared among the 4 of them in the order of PO1 and PO2, 20k each while the other 2 share 10k each. They later called the youth leader and some community elders and handed 150k to them as shared in each of the units. As the visitors drove out, the PDP agent came in and acosted d youth leader and elders who handed the 150k to him to be shared at the end of the day.
While all these, accreditation was ongoing and had finished before 12.30 pm as there was low turn out of voters due to the previous experience of March 28th. There was no security officer present, not even a Man 'O' War personnel deployed to the Unit.
By about 1.15pm voting had not started and I went and asked the PO1 who told me that they were just waiting to see if others will come out for accreditation and that they had been instructed to start voting by 2pm. Myself and a couple of other guys stepped aside for chats and by 2pm we all went back hoping voting would commence, but on getting there the community elders said that the pdp agent had escaped with the 150k and must be made to come back with the cash before voting commences. This was a community protest and was agreed to by all the elders and youth except few of us who felt the protest was born out of greed and insisted that voting must commence. This caused a great outroar and almost degenerated into free for all, untill few of us who were against the protest calmed and decided to call the guy with the cash who promised us that he didn't run, that he was on his way back. We had gathered to have a reflection on all these events that happened while waiting for the dude with the cash to come back, but not upto 5 minutes, about 7 vehicles, including the hilux van that came earlier drove in to the premises and about 5 men first came out with guns(I suspected these guys to be Police Officers because of the type of guns they carried and their dressing, although they were on mufti, and some of them had handcuffs tugged to their trousers). Immediately a guy came out and ordered the INEC staff to park everything into the car (I was later told the guy is the PA to Gov Akpabio on project monitoring) other guys came out from the other cars and joined in dismantling the inec materials and parked everything into one tinted hummer bus, while the men with guns all took positions and watched. Some of the old women and elders attempted to run initially because of the commando styled operation but stayed back when they noticed that they were not aiming at anyone but the electoral matetials and officials. At the end of their operation which lasted about 5 minutes, the ground guys jumped into the trunk of the hilux with jubilation as they sped off, as all of us watched in awe like an action movie. I called a friend in the neighbouring village and he told me the same thing, and as I came to find out, it happened like that in all the units in the Local Government. I thought of taking a video clip with my phone but was scared of possible attack as one of the gun yielding guy was standing close to me.
It pained me because I was not allowed to vote.
Re: I Was Not Allowed To Vote by Sloan: 4:28am On Apr 14, 2015
Lmao!!
Re: I Was Not Allowed To Vote by harrysterol(m): 4:49am On Apr 14, 2015
Mr go and report ur grievances to the appropriate authority

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Re: I Was Not Allowed To Vote by liveyourlife: 5:07am On Apr 14, 2015
So what do u want us to do?

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Re: I Was Not Allowed To Vote by Nobody: 5:10am On Apr 14, 2015
Do they still teach paragraphing in schools these days?

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Re: I Was Not Allowed To Vote by coolayou(m): 5:10am On Apr 14, 2015
harrysterol:
Mr go and report ur grievances to the appropriate authority
This has been reported officially and accordingly. This is only sharing my experience with nairalanders.
Re: I Was Not Allowed To Vote by bewla(m): 5:19am On Apr 14, 2015
i should have finish the reading but stop do to sine thing i don't like u said u troop out and later u say low turn out which one am i to believe pls don't confuse me
Re: I Was Not Allowed To Vote by fromnigeria(m): 5:33am On Apr 14, 2015
Winning at all cost, thats another meaning of PDP and its too Bad.
Re: I Was Not Allowed To Vote by harrysterol(m): 5:36am On Apr 14, 2015
coolayou:

This has been reported officially and accordingly. This is only sharing my experience with nairalanders.
ok welldone for the narrative essay
Re: I Was Not Allowed To Vote by harrysterol(m): 5:37am On Apr 14, 2015
Yungwizzzy:
Do they still teach paragraphing in schools these days?
I doubt
Re: I Was Not Allowed To Vote by jaybee3(m): 5:39am On Apr 14, 2015
We have a long way to go
Re: I Was Not Allowed To Vote by Burger01(m): 5:42am On Apr 14, 2015
Akwa Ibon we know is a rigging den.smiley
Re: I Was Not Allowed To Vote by rottennaija(m): 5:44am On Apr 14, 2015
But it's true, there was no voting in akwa ibom state. By 1pm, all the election materials were taken away in uyo.
Re: I Was Not Allowed To Vote by tit(f): 5:44am On Apr 14, 2015
even those wey no get pvc wan vote!
mtcheeeew

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Re: I Was Not Allowed To Vote by Tunnamania(m): 5:58am On Apr 14, 2015
Don't worry, there must be a rerun in your state.
Re: I Was Not Allowed To Vote by Pebcak: 5:59am On Apr 14, 2015

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