NASS bye-election peaceful in Kwara

…Lai Mohammed, REC, others hail poll conduct
The National Assembly bye-election took place in Kwara state under a
peaceful atmosphere as votes conducted themselves in an orderly
mannner.
Security personnel were stationed at various polling units and
strategic locations to monitor the conduct of the poll.
The seat of the Ekiti/Oke-Ero/Isin/Irepodun Federal Constituency of Kwara state became vacant late September this year following the death
of Princess Funke Adedoyin who represented the constituency.
There was massive turn out of voters in most polling units in communities in Oke-Ero Local Government Area.
Voters who came to polling centres with temporary voter’s cards could not however vote as card readers did not authenticate their cards.
Speaking with reporters after casting his vote at Oro ward II, Onikoyi polling unit, Oro town, minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, hailed the conduct of the election, saying that he was impressed with massive turn out.
The minister, who expressed the APC to win the election, said that people of the area were mobilized before the poll.
Also speaking at Ajase Ipo ward 1, in front of Olupo palace, the PDP stalwart and commissioner for Finance, Alhaji Demola Banu, who said that the election witnessed impressive turn out of voters,  however said that people complained of malfunctioning of card readers in some
areas.
Traditional ruler of Odo-Owa in Ekiti local government area of the
state, Oba Joshua Akinyemi Adimula, condemned use of only card reader
machine, saying that alternative of manual accreditation ought to be
allowed.
He said insistence on the card reader alone denied many people of the
right to vote. Chairman of the local government, Joseph Oni, who voted in his Idofin-Igbana community expressed satisfaction with turn out of voters
and the conduct of the election.
Oni, who said that there was no vote buying or any other malpractice
in the exercise, explained that replacement of the machines were made
by INEC officials where card readers were not functioning properly.
There was however a clash among party supporters in Ekan-meje community but security agents quickly came in to douse tension.
Also speaking, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Kwara
State, Alhaji Attahiru Madami, commended voters in the ongoing
by-election into the Irepodun/Isin/Oke Ero federal constituency of
federal House of Representatives for their peaceful conduct.
Madami, who spoke with reportes at Osi 07 Unit 0001, S.D.A school,
Osi in Ekiti local government area of the state noted that “The electoral process as been so peaceful, perfect and encouraging. In fact, I am highly impressed and it is my hope that Nigerians will emulate Kwara State in future elections.
“Card readers are functioning well and security agents are in full charge. It is my advice that politicians are to accept the outcome of the polls humbly and with the spirit of sportsmanship.”
Alsi, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Kwara State, Senator Simeon Ajibola, has disclosed that the outcome of the ongoing by-election in Ekiti/Irepodun/Eke Ero/Isin federal
constituency would determine its credibility.
Ajibola, a former senator representing Kwara South senatorial district in Abuja stated this while speaking journalists in Ìsapá town, Ekiti Local government area of the state.
He noted that “there was massive turnout of voters, INEC officials
arrived with the voting materials and security agencies have really
performed excellently well” even as he expressed optimism that APC will the poll.

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