The Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission Chairman (OYSIEC) Chairman, Aare Isiaka Abiola has expressed his satisfaction with how the ongoing Ido Local Government Area election is going.
He shared his thoughts while briefing the press as he went around inspecting polling units in the local Government and added shared his delight at how violence-free the rescheduled election was. He also added that contrary to rumors in certain quarters, the election today has been smooth and hitch-free.
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.”
The Chairman also stated that the decision to reschedule the election was justified as now, supporters of the Zenith Labour Party could exercise their constitutional right and vote for their preferred candidate. OYSIEC had earlier announced the postponement of electoral activities in the local government due to the absence of the Zenith Labour Party 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.
He carried out the monitoring exercise along with other OYSIEC Commissioners, the management team, and security operatives and they visited areas like Ologuneru, Awotan, Gbopa, Kenge, Fenwa, Oganla, Dogo, and Apata.