…As Lagosians Shun Poll Amidst Heavy Downpour
Early results from Saturday’s local government elections in Lagos showed that the All Progressives Congress (APC) was having an easy ride in all parts of the state.
The New Diplomat gathered that as at early Sunday morning, the party’s candidates had won the chairman position in Lagos Island LG, Badagry West LCDA, Epe LG, Eredo LCDA, Onigbongbo LCDA; Lagos Island East LCDA; Ikorodu LG, Ikorodu West LCDA; Badagry LG; and Ejigbo LCDA.
The early morning downpour and voter’s apathy had hampered the commencement of the election at 8am as proposed in the 20 local governments and 37 Local Council Developments Areas (LCDAs).
The rain and the attendant flood in parts of the state prevented electoral officials from reaching their duty posts on time.
Thus, accreditation and voting which were supposed to commence at 8am began much beyond the scheduled time and only when the rain subsided.
Besides, many registered voters chose to stay indoors as youths turned the roads to temporary football ‘pitches’.
Some party officials attributed the low turnout to inadequate electoral awareness by the LASIEC, though the LASIEC Chairman Retired Justice Ayotunde Philips dismissed any such suggestion, saying adequate publicity was carried out.
She admitted that these was delay in the commencement of the elections in some areas, which said was caused by rain. She told reporters that the rain affected the movement of electoral materials.
“We are addressing the situation and we are assuring that everybody in the affected areas will vote once people have been accredited and are on the queue, they will be allowed to vote even after 3pm,” she said.
Expressing satisfaction with the peaceful conduct in most areas, Phillips said there were a few cases of violence but said security agents had quelled the situation.
Below are details of the announced results:
Adetoyese Olusi (APC) 14,692
Yisa Ismail (PDP) 925
Kasumu Olanrewaju (LP) 1211
Atanda Lawal (APC) 7120
Samuel Akinwole (PDP) 756
Mohammed Jubril (LP) 542
Rasal Saliu (APC) 10910
Kunle Ayantuga 737
Dayo Adesanya (APC) 21441
Omobibi (LP) 948
Lagos Island East
Kamal Olawale (APC) 9060
Adebayo Temitope (PDP) 1128
Hakeem Olayemi (Accord Party ) 842
Oke Babatunde (APC) 1631
Badagry West LCDA
Bello Joseph (APC) 5332
Setonji Ojugbele (PDP) 935
Bello Oloyede (APC)4876
Akinlude (PDP) 179
Alabi Balogun (APC) 6191
Olowolagba Omolara (PDP) 990
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reacted to the outcome of the election, attributing the party’s loss in the election to late arrival of voting materials in many parts of the state.
A PDP Chieftain, Segun Adewale blamed LASIEC for ‘disappointing’ Lagosians. He said the late arrival of voting materials discouraged some people from voting after waiting for hours at the polling station for voting materials to come.
He also accused supporters of the ruling APC of harassing people.
“People were harassed by members of the ruling APC, my own sister was beaten up and people could not vote before the end of the exercise,” he claimed.
Twelve parties – Accord Party (AP); Action Alliance (AA); Alliance for Democracy ( AD ); All Progressives Congress ( APC ); Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP ); Labour Party ( LP ); All Progressives Grand Alliance ( APGA ); United Democratic Party (UDP); United Progressive Party (UPP); Kowa Party ( KP ); National Action Council ( NAC ); and Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM).