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Voters have lauded INEC over the conduct of the Governorship and state assembly elections in Ogun.
Despite pockets of violence recorded in some parts of the state, majority of voters still opine that the commission had improve from previous performances.
PLATFORM TIMES gathered that INEC on Saturday postponed collation at the state collation centre till Sunday.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner, Niyi Ijalaye at the Ogun State Collation centre in Abeokuta announced at around 11 PM on Saturday that collation has been adjourned till Sunday the 19th of March 2023 by 9am because of challenges encountered in collating results at various LGAs.
As at the time of filling this report, results from 4840 polling units out 5042 representing 95.99% had been uploaded in the IReV.
In their separate reactions, top politicians in the state commended INEC for carrying out a seamless process during the governorship and state House of Assembly elections in the state.
The Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, who cast his vote at Polling Unit 14, Egunrege Ward 1, Ikenne in Ikenne Local Government Area of Ogun State, described the ongoing governorship and state assembly elections as very peaceful and pleasant.
He said he observed that people had been able to cast their votes without any problem.
The Ogun State governor, Dapo Abiodun in his hometown said commended INEC and voters at his unit and the entire state.
Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole whose polling unit was cancelled during the last election said, “the BVAS machine is working well today because a couple of weeks ago this particular polling unit was cancelled because the BVAS machine wasn’t working well.
“We are happy that they brought more machines today and we are voting peacefully and the turnout is very high.
“Here, it is immediate accreditation and immediate voting, very orderly, very peaceful. There is a policewoman here and we don’t need any extra security personnel because it is very peaceful here, we are fine.”
During the Presidential election, there was BVAS malfunction at the polling unit of the former Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun.
Amosun applauding the improvement said, “I think it is slightly better and more organised. When I came the last time, the atmosphere was not conducive, I had to find a way to make it conducive. But now, the BVAS is working.
“The last time I came, I had to wait for about two hours. Comparing it with what happened two weeks ago, we can see that there are tremendous improvements.”
On his part, a senator-elect of Ogun West Senatorial District, Senator Olamilekan Adeola said, “the machines are working perfectly and people were able to vote within the shortest possible time.
“The process has been flawless and we can only continue to improve and improve in the future.”
To a former spokesperson for the Atiku Abubakar Campaign Organisation, Segun Sowunmi, “the accreditation has been pretty smooth and people have turned out as much as they can, so, what we are hoping for is that as the process was advertised and made known to us that things (results) would be transmitted to the INEC Result Viewing portal and the portal in Abuja.
“The truth of the matter is that once the election has been done at the polling unit, people have their expectation on how well the election is to be conducted; at least from what I can see, BVAS is working well, accreditation is ongoing, we have done our part, let those in charge of counting the votes and transmitting the result do their part.”
Meanwhile, it’s the process was not perfect as some other politicians in the state expressed their displeasure.
The deputy governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Adekunle Akinlade, raised the alarm over the invasion of polling units by armed thugs.
Though confident of victory, Akinlade highlighted areas where violence where recorded naming a culprit involved.
“It’s unfortunate, my phones have been ringing since morning. I have seen photos and videos. We were informed that members of the opposition party have become very violent.
“There is someone called Efele or something who has been carrying thugs all around. They went straight into polling units to attack people. They shot in the air and carted away ballot papers and other INEC materials.
“Shockingly, we were told that there are security personnel just standing and watching this happen. It’s quite sad for our democracy that this is happening in Ogun East.
“We thought Ogun East was supposed to be more peaceful being the home of the sitting governor. It is most embarrassing for us in Ogun State, what we are witnessing in this election”, Akinlade said.
Also the governorship candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party, Ajadi Oguntoyinbo protested the exclusion of his party logo on the ballot paper. He also made allegations of violence that prevented him and other voters from exercising their franchise.
PLATFORM TIMES reliably reports that the race for the Ogun Governorship seat is keenly contested between APC’s Abiodun and PDP’s Adebutu.
The duo has been fingered with allegations of malpractices surrounding the electoral process.
Sources from the two camps confidently explained to our reporters that their candidates are winning so far in the elections.
While APC claimed to have won 13 local governments with over 20,000 vote margins, PDP boasts of dominating 12 local governments.
However, the total number of local governments is 20.
It is expected that the collation and announcement by INEC will be concluded on Sunday.
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