- Voters commend INEC, security agencies in Ilawe, Ikoro-Ekiti
- BY AYODELE ABERE in Ado-Ekiti•
Ekiti State Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, has commended the massive turnout of voters in Ado-Ekiti during the Presidential and National Assembly elections.
Egbeyemi also commended the peaceful conduct of the polls in all parts of the city on Saturday.
The deputy governor voted at Unit 14, LA Primary School Polling Unit, Ogbon Oba, Ward 8, Ado-Ekiti.
Egbeyemi dropped the three ballot papers for the presidential, senatorial and House of Representatives ballot boxes at the unit at exactly 10.41 am.
The Ekiti number two citizen performed his franchise shortly after his relation, Mr. Akin Jegede and his wife, Mrs. Jegede, voted.
His kinsmen hailed Egbeyemi who wore plain white long kaftan and trousers as he arrived the unit.
He presented his Permanent Voter Card (PVC) to the presiding officer for authentication before doing the thumb printing at the voting cubicle.
The deputy governor who spoke with reporters shortly after voting expressed optimism that the peaceful conduct would be sustained till the end of the exercise.
Egbeyemi said: “I want to commend voters in Ado-Ekiti for trooping out in large numbers to perform their civic duty.
“The reports I have been receiving is that so many people are coming out to vote in Ado. Large numbers of people are on queue being attended to by INEC officials. We expect INEC to do well and ensure that there is smooth conduct of the election and we also expect our people to be law-abiding to the end of the election.”
Meanwhile, The Presidential and National Assembly elections in Ilawe-Ekiti, Ekiti south west local government area of Ekiti has peaceful and the turn out of voters was impressive as they came out in large numbers to exercise their civic responsibility.
Accreditation and voting currently going on at Ward 2, Unit 5 Ilawe-Ekiti, where a voter and stakeholder, Makinde Araoye, said he had his vote cast at exactly 8:10a.m and commended INEC for the preparation.
“INEC has really prepared for the elections because the whole exercise is going smoothly without any hitch and confirmed that the security arrangements in place quite elections:
In his assessment of the polls, a former Governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Kayode Ojo, who voted at his Ikoro ward Unit 4, in Inero-Ekiti local government, commended INEC and security agencies for their roles, but said the country has grown to enable it conduct election without much security.
“The people of Ekiti and Nigerians, We are human beings that do not need much security to determine who leads us.
“At least, one or two policemen to control the crowd, but doubt if we need retinue of Army or much of the security to determine our future.”
Hon. Ayodele Oladimeji (PDP candidate) representing Ekiti Central at the House of Representatives, who cast his vote at about 9:00am at Ward C, unit 006 disclosed that the entire process has been peaceful in Igede-Ekiti.
He affirmed that there’s nothing like votes buying or intimidation at all as was reported in Iworoko and Igbemo-Ekiti.
He also lauded INEC for doing a great job so far.