The Chairman of the Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission, Aare Isiaka Abiola Olagunju, has expressed satisfaction in the conduct of the ongoing local government election in Ido Local Government Area of the state.
He stated this while briefing journalists after inspecting some polling units in the local government, adding that the exercise, so far, has been peaceful and devoid of harassment or molestation.
The Commission’s boss added that contrary to reports received from some unknown people alleging that there is violence, he described it as false, saying the situation everywhere inspected was calm.
In his words: “As you can see, the exercise is very peaceful. In all the polling units we have visited, the story is the same and there is no problem. People were voting for candidates of their choice.
“Against the several messages we have received from some unknown people alleging that there is violence everywhere, I had to come out and inspect it myself with the Commissioners and security operatives and we have all seen how good everything turned out to be. The situation is very calm and peaceful.
“As a matter of fact, we have seen many people turn out and there is no harassment or molestation.”
In a similar vein, Olagunju pointed out that the action of the Commission to have shifted the election of the Ido Local Government was justified.OYSIEC had earlier announced the postponement of electoral activities in the local government due to the absence of Zenith Labour Party’s logo on the ballot papers.
“With what I have seen so far, we are justified to have shifted the election to this date. In some polling units, we saw that they have exhausted their booklets and were asking for more. So, I am highly impressed by the turnout and I hope it will be sustained till the end of the day,” he said.
Areas visited include, Ologuneru, Awotan, Gbopa, Kenge, Fenwa, Oganla, Elenusoso, Apete, Dogo and Apata.