The decision by the Returning Officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission to declare as inconclusive, the chairmanship election in Gwagwalada area council in Nigeria’s Federal capital of Abuja has spurred violence. This was to the cancellation of two polling units under Ibwa ward, which have a cumulative registered voters of 1881. Earlier released result showed where APGA’s candidate, recorded the highest number of 15, 272 votes, APC candidate recorded 14, 546, with PDP having 6,082 votes. However, the Returning Officer said, since the total number of cancelled votes exceeded the difference between the duo, a run-off election has to be conducted by the electoral umpire.
This prompted the APGA agent, Ibrahim Danbare to challenge the declaration, and immediately ordered for the hundreds of supporters to enter into the building. The army of thugs reportedly overwhelmed a combined military, police, Civil defence and other security outfits at the gate and them and made their way into the building. They smashed cars and glasses, and chased everybody within the office with machetes, sticks and other weapons.