Counting 2019 General Elections Loss

The Nigeria 2019 General Election has come and gone, but with challenges bothering on loss of lives and economic loss. Political violence was witnessed in some parts of the states, leading to deaths, injuries sustained and properties destroyed.

For instance, in Benue State, Mr. Boniface Okoloho, the Ohimini Local Government All Progressives Congress (APC) chairman was shot dead by armed men on the 18th day of February 2019. In Imo State, Mr. Ifeanyi Ozoemene, was killed by unknown gunmen at Logara/ Umuohiagu ward in Ngor Okpala Local Government Area of the state on the 20th day of February 2019.

In Delta State, Mr. Lawrence Ngozi Akpomiemie, an aide to Mr. Ifeanyi Okowa, the state Governor was shot and killed by armed men. Also, four persons were reported killed at Ughelli, Delta state, when supporters of All Progressives Congress and Peoples Democratic Party clashed on eve of the Presidential and National Assembly elections.

In Borno State, Boko Haram attacked and abducted 11 voters at Pulka community in Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno state.

In Kogi State, Mr. Friday Sani, Kogi State House of Assembly member representing Igalamela Local Government Area was shot and wounded. Mr. Mohammed Hammani, a police inspector was killed at Okene on the eve of Presidential election. Mr. Daniel Usman, a 400 level student of Kogi State University was shot dead by a stray bullet at Ajetachi-Ayigba in Dekina Local Government Area of the state.

In Ebonyi State, during the Presidential and National Assembly elections, two persons were killed, and six injured at Ngbo Agbaja ward in Izzi Local Government Area of the state. In Kwara state, two persons were killed and many injured when APC and PDP supporters clashed at Ojuko area of the state. In Ondo state, at Ilaje/ Ese Odo Local Government Area, some APC and PDP members clashed, leading to the death of two persons.

In Akwa Ibom State, suspected thugs killed and set ablaze 11 cars conveying voting materials to Obot Akara Local Government Area from the state INEC office on the eve of Presidential and National Assembly elections before the postponement.

In Rivers State, an Army officer and six others were killed at Abonnema in Akuku Toru Local Government Area of the state. Also, Miss, Amakiri Ibisaki an official of the Independent National Electoral Commission was killed. Mr. Ferry Gberegbe, the People Democratic Party agent for the Rivers State Governorship and State House of Assembly Elections who was alleged shot on the stomach by Mr. Akin Fakorede, suspected to be a Nigeria police officer under the Special Anti Robbed Squad (SARS) at Khana Local Government Area Collation Centre, died a week later at the hospital.

In Katsina State, 20 INEC officials were abducted and a policeman and a Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp officer were killed at Danmusa and Kankara Local Government Areas respectively.

In Lagos, two persons were killed when political thugs attacked some polling units in the Ago Palace Way area of Lagos State. The victim Mr. Peter was allegedly shot and stabbed in the head at unit 038, Nwachukwu Drive, Canal Estate, while Mr. Demola, the second victim was reportedly injured and later died in a hospital.

Although, deaths recorded during the 2019 General Elections might not have been reported in a totality, however, available reports show, over 27 deaths have been recorded.

Apart from lives that were lost, Nigeria recorded huge economic loss. Due to the Election postponement, Nigeria equity market lost N196 billion in one day. Mr. Sola Oni, a chartered stockbroker and Chief Executive Officer, Sofunix Investment and Communications, Lagos, described the election postponement as a huge loss to the country economy. Mr. Ambrose Omordion, the Chief Operating Officer, Invest Data Ltd, corroborating Oni, said the postponement, shut down economic activities in the entire country.

In the same vein, Mr. Bismarck Rewane, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Financial Derivatives Company Limited  in an interview with Thisday Newspaper, said elections postponement made Nigeria lose about $8 billion, breaking down as direct cost (at $1.17 billion), disruption cost (three times the direct cost), consequential cost (twice the direct cost ), reputational and opportunity cost (50% of direct cost).

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