The Governor of the state, Senator Ibikunle Amosun who voted at Ward 6, Ita Gbangba, Emere, Itoko, Unit, 2 without any pomp and pageantry. His charm departed him. His mein might not be unconnected to the demise of his friend, Prince Adeniyi Adesanya who died in a ghastly motor accident a day before elections.
In a chat with the media, the governor lauded the effort of INEC for providing adequate security to ensure free, fair and chaos free elections but the shortage of ballot papers in most of the polling units.
“Generally, the major problem now is shortage of ballot papers, even where I just voted,there were about 400 voters but only 300 ballot papers were available. I have been told that that is the major challenge in other units and I have told my people to inform the INEC immediately because, after labouring so hard, the people should not be disenfranchised. Everybody must be able to exercise his or her right. This will not be possible if there is no enough ballot papers, so we are calling out to the authorities, especially INEC to provide enough ballot papers,” Amosun stated.
“Certainly, I am sure of victory after the whole exercise, but I hope they will not shortchange us because of the ballot paper issue. In a place where we have 300 to 400 voters with just few ballot papers you can imagine what could happen.”
The Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) House of Representatives candidate for Abeokuta South Federal Constituency and the Spokesperson for the party’s Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, Hon. Segun Sowunmi, who cast his vote at Ward 6, polling unit 2 in Itoko area of Abeokuta attested to the fact the exercise was free and fair.
His words “I wish they could simplify the whole process so that people don’t stay so long. I am sure the people will endure whatever they need to endure to cast their votes according to their conscience. Well the voting went well except for the fact that the card reader was not functioning well and they had to do it manually. Everything was simple and straight forward. The turn out was very moderate, people were ready to perform their rights.”
All Progressives Congress (APC) Senatorial candidate for Ogun West, Chief Tolu Odebiyi lamented the little lapses that bedevilled the elections.
The former Chief of Staff to Amosun, speaking to reporters in his Iboro country home said there was need for INEC to intensify training of the ad hoc staff handling the elections.
He bemoaned the delay caused by card readers and shortfall of ballot papers in some polling booths in the senatorial district.
Odebiyi, who committed his chances of coming out victorious in the election to God’s hands, scored INEC 65 percent in the conduct of the exercise.