The hovering of a military helicopter over some polling units in Alkaleri, the local government of the incumbent Governor Bala Mohammed on election day, has elicited mixed reactions. Our reporter observed the helicopter flying low across the area, causing mild panic among residents who witnessed it.
While some voters and party agents criticized the helicopter’s presence, stating that it was unnecessary, others did not mind as long as it did not affect their voting process. The Chairman of the local government, Bala Mahmud, described the act as uncalled for, stating that it was a form of intimidation from one of the political parties with the means of power at their disposal.
However, a significant stakeholder from the area, Alhaji Muktar Gidado, who holds the traditional title holder Jarman Alkaleri, believed that the helicopter’s presence was a security routine aimed at ensuring a peaceful election. He reported that it did not disrupt voting at the Haruna Memorial Primary School Polling Unit 029, where he served as an observer