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Olanrewaju Bolaji
The Polytechnic, Ibadan
Mass Communication
Graduate, Nigeria.

High tension has enveloped the political space of Nasarawa State over the inability of INEC to announce the official results of both presidential and national assembly results more than 24 hours after election.

LEADERSHIP observed that results from the three senatorial zones of the state were held hostage by politicians for the reasons best known to them.

So far INEC had announced results of 6 out of the 13 electoral wards in Lafia LG council for both presidential and national assembly elections.

Those electoral wards whose results were released include Arikya, Shabu, Wakwa, Zanwa, Akurba, Adogi and Agyaragu.

In Doma, it was gathered that the results and INEC ad-hoc staff, were held hostage by both APC and PDP, since yesterday morning at the local government secretariat

In Akwanga zone, results from Akwanga were collated giving PDP early lead, while results from Nasarawa Eggon and Wamba, were also held hostage by politicians.

In Nasarawa west senatorial zone with its headquarter in Keffi, results were yet to arrive the collation center.

In the meantime, the Senator representing Nasarawa South Senatorial Zone, was attacked by hoodlums on Sunday in Lafia.

Senator Suleiman dokwe (PDP) who is the Senate Committee hairman on Information, said he was attacked at St Williams Primary School Lafia, the collation Centre for Gayam Ward.

The senator said the incident occurred when he went out to see what was happening following a report from his agents that government officials were seen at the collation centre trying to influence the result of the polls.

He said all through Saturday night, he had also been getting reports of ballot snatching and stuffing across the zone.

“When my agent at the Gayam Ward collation Centre, Lafia, called to intimate me at about 1:00 p.m. of the presence of some state government officials there, I decided to go there and see things for myself.

“On sighting me, some hoodlums around the centre started shouting that I should go away, that I was not from Lafia and as such I did not belong there.

“Before I could understand what was happening, they started rushing at me with clubs, stones, and spear’

“He decried the violent dimension the electoral process was taking in the state and called on the Police to act accordingly,” he said

Source: www.talkthematter.com.ng/2019/02/tension-over-non-release-of-election.html

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