#AnambraDecides2017: Did IPOB Make Good Its Threat?
The governorship election in Anambra is underway but reports reaching Bounce News about voter turnout is not encouraging.
Turnout was reported to be generally low and has largely reduced the exercise to women affairs.
Bounce News editor, Ehizojie Okharedia who is monitoring the exercise in Anambra said most of the polling units visited including the ones in Aguata, Nnewi South, Umuchu, Orumba, Awbu etc showed greater majority of voters are women and elderly men.
At a polling unit in Ezira area of Orumba South for instance, 60% of voters seen were women while most of the men were over 50 years old. The male youths largely abstained.
Ehizojie reports that the exercise has however been peaceful so far, but voter turnout has been largely poor and below expectation.
Some people spoken to believe the low turnout could be attributed to two factors - fear of violence and political apathy.
However, some others are blaming it on the separatist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB who threatened to boycott the exercise to drive home its point that it no longer wants to be a part of Nigeria.
In fact, the group has gone ahead to take credit for the low turnout of voters in the election in a press release issued to the media on Saturday.
But Bounce News investigation showed that IPOB had zero impact on the polls.
It appeared the absence of the leader, Nnamdi Kanu weakened their ability to implement the boycott.
However, reports have it that as at Friday night, there were talks of possible revolt in Obosi - IPOB’s stronghold in Anambra - but nothing like that happened on Saturday.
Security agencies did not also take any chances as soldiers were immediately deployed to Obosi to forestall any breakdown of law and order. As at Saturday afternoon, Obosi was said to be militarized but peaceful.
The lack of participation especially by young people was attributed to simple lack of motivation as some said election was “government business and there is no profit when you meddle in govt business".
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Some young people who spoke toBounce News said they did not have voter’s cards and so could not vote. They also said they tried to get it, but they could not.
Meanwhile, there were more reports of delayed voting in Anambra North LGA. Card readers took the lead as the major problem of the day. INEC was said to be only prepared for the exercise in Awka, the state capital.
In the villages and rural communities where Bounce News focused its coverage, INEC failed in its organisation. However, there were no cases of ballot box snatching, or violence recorded at the time of filling this report.
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