Tension in Uyo over today's polls
There was tension in Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom State, yesterday, as preparation for today’s election hits crescendo.
For the first time since 1999, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state is having a very strong challenger in the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Street corners, government offices and sit-outs, the discussion was today’s election.
PDP is entering the senatorial race with Bassey Albert, while the APC has Godswill Akpabio and Nelson Effiong. Both had defected from the PDP.
Most of the offices, especially the Idongesit Nkanga secretariat, Uyo, were scanty, as most people have gone home to vote. Traffic at the motor parks is very high, while activities at party offices are almost zero, except for the briefing PDP held yesterday.
Action has shifted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) at Bank Avenue, which is now a beehive of activities.
At the INEC office in Calabar, large number of adhoc staff gathered in preparation to travel to their various councils for today’s election.
Materials were distributed at the CBN office in Calabar since Thursday.
In Uyo, journalists, observers and few adhoc staff gathered for accreditation.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mike Igini, had earlier said that all was set for the election and charged politicians to play by the rules.