The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC last Saturday improved on its logistics for the conduct of governorship and National Assembly elections in Ogun State just as major parties expressed optimism in their successes in the polls.
Our correspondent who covered voting areas in all the three senatorial districts of the state including, Abeokuta, Ifo, Ewekoro Ado-Odo/Ota, Sagamu and Ijebu North East local government areas of the state observed that there were no incidences of card reader malfunctioning.
Performance of the newly introduced card reader enhanced the rate of accreditation in virtually all polling units visited.
At Ward 14, Unit 10A and Ward 14, Unit 10B at Tipper Garage, Sagamu where the card readers for both polling units didn’t function during the last presidential elections, the devices were working at full blast to the excitement of the voters.
Although some voters’ finger prints could not be read at Ward 12, Unit 5 at Olukokun where as at 9:49 am 72 voters sailed through the accreditation while 74 had hitch in the fingerprint reading while only one Permanent Voter’s Card(PVC) failed the reading test.
But at Iperu, the card reader at Ward 5, Unit 9 did not connect and none of the registered voters could be accredited with the device as at time of the visit.
The Presiding Officer for the unit, Nwabueze Patrick disclosed that they had to resort to manual accreditation of the restless voters in the queue.
He disclosed that all the 233 voters who were accredited at the polling unit were made to fill in the Incidence Forms.
There were cases of ballot box stuffing and other irregularities from across the state.
At a polling unit in Itele in Ijebu East local government, police officers reported took to their heels on sighting armed military officers pointing to the fact that they were fake officers.
Governor Ibikunle Amosun while speaking on the development also alleged that he has gotten reports of irregularities from across the state but was optimistic the security operatives will be on top of the matter.
He said, “that is why I said I hope the security operatives would be up to task. I have been told about those cases in Ipokia, Ikenne, even in Abeokuta; people bringing money to the place, openly distributing money to lure people to vote.
“But those ones I know that the security operatives will do their jobs. But the one that worries me – I’ve even been told, they are taking vehicles round the town and dropping four men at every location; and your guess is as good as mine what those four people would do.
“Even the military and police accosted some people in Itele and all of them have been taken to army barracks there in Ilese. They were there with ballot papers and a lot of things. I wasn’t there, we were phoned. But I’m happy to commend the security agencies for their efforts because they were there, they even resisted them. I understand that the policemen ran away, maybe they are fake policemen or whatever, but all of them have been surrounded and taken to the barracks. I’m sure they would hand them over to the police. Those boxes, I’m sure they would have collected them.”
The Governor also alleged that he has received reports of predetermined results in some area but said he has also reported to the security operatives.
“In Ipokia, they have even completed voting. So when you see things like that, I’m sure the security operatives are up to the task and I know that INEC should be on top of their game.
“We’ve even been told of incidences where they’ve pre-written the incident forms. But again, until when it is proven, we immediately alert those that should know so that we can take pre-emptive measures,” he said.
The governorship candidate of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Gboyega Nasiru Isiaka also alleged that many Chieftains of APC were seen moving around without any check by the security operatives.
He said, “Many people called from Obolo and environs to report Adewusi that he was going from one place to the other. We want the INEC to investigate why he left his local council and be moving round Imeko/Afon which is contrary to the Electoral Act.
“I want to know the number of registered voters and number of PVCs distributed in Obolo in particular.
“I would not have been bothered but for stories of illegal thumb printing we are hearing, though yet to be confirmed but I want INEC officials to be wary of the desperation of some people to undermine the process.
Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, who arrived at his polling centre 21 in ward 11, Abeokuta North Local Government Area was accredited at about 10: 30am.
The former President who spoke to reporters after accreditation, lauded the voters for coming out in large number at his unit, said Nigeria is getting it with the 2015 general elections.
He said subsequent polls in the country would be better with improvement.


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