There was chaos at Idi-Agbede Polling Unit 6, Oke-Adan Ward 3, Iwo, Osun State, on Saturday, when Kamo Raji, the former chairman of Iwo Local Government Area, appeared at the voting premises and requested for cancellation of the election result.
An eyewitness, who asked not be named, told FIJ that Raji’s argument was that there was a disparity in the number of accredited voters recorded and the actual votes counted.
He further said that the former council boss, who also happens to be an APC chieftain, appeared in the middle of vote counting and demanded that the election officials invalidated the entire result. Raji’s additional argument was that the total number of voters recorded on the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) machine was higher than the total valid votes cast by one vote.
Another source, who also asked not to be named, told FIJ that the BVAS showed 262 as the actual accredited number of voters but votes totalled 261.
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Earlier, the APC agent at the unit objected to the result because of the disparity and went ahead to inform his party leaders. This led to the appearance of Raji at the polling unit.
A fair-complexioned woman who witnessed the disturbance explained that when the argument started, Raji slapped a man addressed as ‘Sango’.
“Kamo Raji was having an intense argument with another man. This was going on when Sango came around and Raji physically assaulted him,” she said.
“The presiding officer had to leave the scene for her own safety and I followed her to ensure nobody hurt her. She quickly removed her apron and entered the backyard of our building. While trying to protect her, I was injured with an iron bar.”
Speaking with FIJ, Sango, the man Raji assaulted, said he was only trying to tell the former local government chairman not to do anything that could be seen as disrupting the process.
“Raji’s conduct was disappointing, and I was only telling him to be mindful of his actions in public because so many youths looked up to him as a role model in the society,” said Sango.
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“I was very shocked at his reaction. He violently responded by slapping me. He had already handed me three slaps before some men rescued me from him.”
According to the result that was eventually announced by INEC officials, the PDP scored 192 votes, the APC scored 39 votes, the ADP got 30 votes, while the Accord Party received just one vote.
FIJ made several phone calls to Raji for comments on the incident on Saturday, but they were not answered. A text message sent to him had also not been responded to at press time.
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