It was gathered that the election was cancelled because of the violence rival cult groups unleashed on the town and annex campuses of the university.
Elections were said to have been earlier cancelled at the Faculty of Social Sciences’ Polling Unit by the Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Aniekan Brown, due to “irregularities and electoral malpractices”.
It was learnt that angry supporters of a candidate who was coasting home to victory, stormed other polling units in other faculties, including Education, to hijack ballot materials amid gunshots by suspected cultists.
“After the announcement was made by Dr. Brown, students from the polling unit moved to disrupt elections going on at other nearby polling units because of what they viewed as orchestrated plans to stop a non-indigene from emerging as the next SUG President,” Effiong Akpan, of the Faculty of Arts, said.
He added: “Ballot boxes and other election materials were destroyed at the Faculty of Arts polling unit as well as the Faculty of Education. It extended to other polling units, including the Faculties of Agriculture, Business Administration, Basic Medicals.”
According to him, the attackers were repelled by some angry students, who attacked the invaders with stones and other missiles.