Monthly Archives: March 2015

Nigeria Decides 2015: Dairy of An Eligible Voter part2

From part 1
While l tossed and turn in my sleep due to the power outage, my phone rang with an unregistered number displayed on my screen. I had left my PU to catch a nap.

They have started accreditation” came the voice from the phone. “They have called your name” followed and i knew it was one of my friends in the same PU. I had swapped to a cheap phone to help manage my pockets in this trying times.

I took another short nap but woke like a man on fire to prepare to head to the PU. I got to the PU just as the INEC officials were rounding up the accreditations. My left thumb was marked as a sign of accreditation since the card reader decided to reset to factory settings of the producer. I was the last to be accredited to the relief of my brother.

The turn out was impressive in my PU with over 80% present to cast their votes. The people grew uneasy as they were told they would not be able to vote. The INEC officials tried their best to explain but the people were having none of it. They had suffered to get registered especially seeing that they had to re-register because of a certain virus on the database.

I took to twitter to make complains to INEC but i got no response. I tried the published phone numbers but i was told by my network provider that the number doesn’t exist. It was a 12 digit phone number unlike the regular 11 digit GSM numbers. I finally sent an email of which i believe went to the spam box of the INEC mailbox.

There was a minor issue when a policeman seized a man’s camera phone because he was filming. Pleas to the policeman for the phone to be released fell on deaf ears. The medium stomach-ed policeman went on to call his bosses on patrol but they arrived and disappointed the policeman.

Film as much as you like” his boss said. “We even like it that way so that we are sure it is free and fair” he continued. “Just make sure you behave self so that we finish this exercise and go home“. That was a knockout to the medium stomach-ed policeman. He sheepishly gave back the phone and others became bold to film anything including the movement of some lizards in the primary school. I wonder if they were accredited too.

It was 4pm and i had started living the PU because the chances of voting was getting slimmer as the night approaches. I turned back like Lot’s wife to have one last look but was happy to see that a queue was being formed at lightning speed. I walked back and realised that they have the go-ahead to allow the voting without the card reader. The queue was rendered useless, when the INEC officials decided to use the initial list.

After about a time it took Bendtner to score his latest hattrick from kick off, i casted my vote and waited around to see the final outcome. Over 50% of the voters waited to see the final outcome.

Voting ended at about 6.30pm and the sun had started to take its nap with the darkness gathering more pace than Louis Hamilton’s Mercedes. We gathered at the center of the school, in the open field and counting began.

The counting came to an end at about 8.30pm with the voters satisfied with the outcome and conduct of the election in the PU. Their singular votes may be likened to a drop compared to the Atlantic ocean but the satisfaction written on their faces were priceless.

I left the PU with my phone dead but happy to see through the voting process in my PU.

The outcome of the elections on saturday will depend on so many PUs but whosoever that has been voted in, be it the president, Senator or member of the house of representatives, will surely see that the populace requires alot from them. 2019 is not far.

I got home tired, ate my dinner and had a good long sleep in anticipation of Sunday Recovery Service.

Enjoy.

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By Chibuzor Amos (@AmosCP)
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Nigeria Decides 2015: Dairy of An Eligible Voter

A day before the presidential election, i departed to the area in Lagos where i registered and collected my permanent voters card (PVC). The road was surprisingly full of motorists fleeing early from their white collar or collar-less jobs to arrive at their abode. It was just 1pm but the atmosphere looked like 5pm and filled with surprised tension.

I headed home to vigil on that Friday night but i was informed on arrival that the vigil was cancelled. The media filled the immediate surroundings with election jingles of APC and PDP. I took solace in the presence of my full family save my lovely sister in the ancient kingdom of Benin. Some tweets, some facebook posts started my evening which was rounded up with a good time with my Neice and mum.

Sleep came in late but the next day was crucial to the next 4 years of Nigeria. How will i play a part? I am entitled to one vote and nothing more.

My lazy bones left the comfort of the mattress at about 8.00am. I jumped into my Levi jeans, grabbed a faded T-shirt, an ID-card for identification incase of unrest and uncertainties. I slipped into a pair of weird looking slippers and headed to my Polling Unit (PU) about 1km away.

My estate was lively with all kiosks opened and over a dozen young men burning out accumulated fat and excessive energy as they battled in the legendary monkey post 4-a-side football challenge popular in the streets of Lagos.

I walked past the young men and got to the primary school housing my PU. About 20 eligible voters of mixed ethnicity sat under a tree in front of the school waiting for the INEC officials. It was 9:40am and i was surprised to know that many voters had gone home pending the arrival of Jega’s men. I inscribed my name on a certain list on which i noticed over 70 people had arrived before me.

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The sun was smiling scorching-ly and an umbrella would have been appreciated but holding an umbrella at this time of the election period is risky, especially if it has red and green colours on it.

Irrespective of the celestial assignment of the sun, i walked to the ever busy Lagos Badagry Expressway and it was busy indeed. The sun was busy enjoying the reflection from the tarred road with minimal human movement and a newspaper stand with about 5 persons. A police van with the men in black went past me twice me but i ignored them.

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Lagos Badagry Expressway

I felt disappointed that the INEC officials were not around and morestill accreditation will start late. I rushed home, had a meal of pap and akara before having a shower.

The twitter-o-sphere was my next stop as i followed the elections and how it was faring in other PUs, LGAs and states. The gods of my battery gave their final warning of shutting down my phone and i bought a ticket to the Republic of Sleep.

To be continued

Enjoy.

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By Chibuzor Amos (@AmosCP)
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Nigeria Election 2015: Safety Tips

Hello everyone *opens blog*. It is been awhile here and *coughs* *dusting webs* the election is closeby in less than 48hrs *sneeze*.

My concern for your safety across Nigeria has pushed my fingers to put together what a good friend of the Goonerdaily BBM family had shared recently.

Take heed to the following as shared by Yeezinus, the manager of BroomLine Air Travels. *smile* *serious*

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT 📢⚠

Dear friend, Please be informed of an impending security exercise tagged “SHOW OF FORCE” by government security agencies across the country.
Exercise is being carried out as part of efforts to ensure maximum security before, during and after the forthcoming general elections.

Thus, kindly find below important information and security tips tips.   

1. As at today, the Nigeria Police Force and other relevant security agencies have been put on high alert and they are expected to conduct periodic and random searches on people, vehicles and various hotspots. Thus, we are therefore advised to cooperate with them during this period; do not abuse security agents, obstruct their work, or resist them unnecessarily to avoid unfortunate repercussions. We have been informed that the Show of Force exercise also authorizes a Shoot-at-Sight order, if necessary

2.    There will be restricted movement of people in the hours leading to, and during the March 28th Presidential elections and April 11th Gubernatorial elections. Thus, we are advised to observe and comply with these directives for our personal safety

3.    We are advised to adequately stock our homes with required food items during the election period, in case of emergencies, imposed curfews or other threats that may arise after the elections

4. If you are registered to vote and have your Permanent Voters Card, you are advised to go early to the Polling Centers, get accredited, cast your votes and leave the vicinity immediately for your homes to await the results

5. Please do not cluster around polling centers and stay away from groups and bunch of people, no matter the discussion or incident that may have attracted them together

6. Begin now to gather information about your environment and feel the pulse around your intended voting center. Study your polling unit, and if it’s packed with miscreants, thugs and unknown faces, steer clear; remember that your life matters more than the vote.

7. Dress responsibly and avoid adorning any political attire, party logos etc. to prevent mistaken identity and possible victimization. Please remember that no campaign is allowed during elections. Avoid wearing politically branded T shirts, caps or bearing handbills, posters, pamphlets and banners of candidates. This can pose as a risk.

8. Avoid joining in on inciting discussions at the voting center which may be capable of fanning the embers of political discord amongst the political parties and their agents

9. Stay away from parked cars and abandoned packages, luggage etc.

10. Do not buy drinks, snacks, etc. around polling centers, nor should you share/receive consumables or gifts from anyone at the polling centers. If you sense danger or suspect any foul play, report to the approved Security Agents. Don’t take the law into your own hands!

11. Avoid taking your vehicle, kids or expensive jewelries and other personal belongings to the polling centers

12. As part of security arrangements, church halls should be vacated after every church service within 1 hour. Brethren should not be allowed to hang or cluster around the church hall or entrances after services or programs

13. Vehicles should not be allowed to park close to the entrances of the church facilities for pick up or drop off

You are encouraged to be extra-vigilant and law-abiding during this period.

Please take this information very serious. Pass to every member of your family and friends you truly care about.📡…..

Enjoy.

By Chibuzor Amos (AmosCP)
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