Ife Central Bye-Election: Low Turn Out; Apathy Trail The Poll

By Bamidele Moses

…Election Peaceful.

The Ife-Central State House of Assembly bye-election held yesterday was peaceful and devoid of rancour unlike in the past.

Investigation conducted by our correspondent revealed that the election was devoid of rancour and generally peaceful.

Though there was low turn out of voters as many people were seen going about their businesses despite the directive by government that they should stay indoor to participate in the exercise.

The INEC officials and materials were on ground as early as 8am while accreditation of voters commenced at 9am.

At exactly 12noon, voting kick off as voters line up to cast their votes for the choice candidate.

One of the chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Prince Sikiru Ayedun while speaking said that there was calm everywhere while security operatives were seen at strategic places to maintain law and order.

He however decried poor turn-out of voters during the exercise.

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When our correspondent visited ward 005,Falaju bus/stop, unit 012 at around 8:30am there was low turn out as the INEC officials are on ground.‎

Also at ‎Ajebamidele Ward 005,Open space mayfair junction unit 001 and Ward 006,Iremo ll there was also a low turn-out.‎

Also another chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Mr Biyi Odunlade said the electorate have showcased their level of political maturity.

Odunlade, who was the former Special Adviser to Governor Rauf Aregbesola on Sports and Special Needs, commended INEC for creating enabling environment for electorate to exercise their rights.

According to him, the early arrival of electoral officers at the polling centres had helped the process in no small way.

Fanibe explained that he was not desperate despite being a politician saying the people would determined “who gets what, how, and when.”

Also, the candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Tilewa Sijuwade expressed satisfaction at the electoral process, adjudged it as peaceful.

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He decried the low turnout of voters as unfortunnate and a bad omen for the process, and a carion call for political leaders to always intensify awareness campaign in the future elections.

The candidate of Peoples Democratic Party(PDP),Chief Dipo Eluwole said he observed a peaceful ‎exercise and okay, but as the election is getting close to an end there is strange influx of new faces around.

Meanwhile, the Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Mr Olusola Ayodele has commended the whole electoral process saying it is peaceful.