Governorship Election: Makinde, Folarin vote in Ibadan, complain of low turnout
By Adewale Owoade
Gov Seyi Makinde and his wife, Tamunominini, have joined millions of voters in Oyo State to cast their vote in the Governorship and State House of Assembly election.
The governor, who voted at the Polling Unit 01 of Ward 11 on Abayomi Iwo-road in Ibadan North East Local Government, said he was impressed with the peaceful conduct of the election so far.
His wife, Tamunominini, cast her vote at the Polling Unit 08 of Army Barracks on Iwo Road, also in Ibadan North East Local Government of the State.
Makinde, who was welcomed at the Polling Unit by his supporters and PDP members, cast his vote at about 10:48am.
The governor, while fielding questions from Journalists, after casting his ballot, described the voting process as peaceful.
He commended the security agencies for doing a good job.
He also expressed confidence that the people of the State would vote for him again.
“In my own unit here, everything is going peacefully; people have (cast their vote) voted; the INEC officials came early and the process is okay.
“Although the turn-out is not as high as expected, we are appealing to people to come out.
“They were thinking there will be security challenges, but from what our security agencies have put in place, I think we are good to go.
“So people should come out.
“You yourselves can see that people are out here exercising their civic rights; I don’t have to think twice, there’ll be Omituntun 2.0 in Oyo State,” Makinde said.
Also, Sen. Teslim Folarin, the APC governorship candidate, cast his vote at exactly 10.45 am at his Polling Unit 2 of Ward 5 in St John Anglican School, Idi-Ose, Ona-Ara Local Government.
He expressed satisfaction with the process and commended both INEC and the security agents.
“INEC is doing well, what they have to do is to provide a level playing ground for everyone and they are doing that.
“The Police, the Army, all of them are doing well.
“I advise the electorate to come out; in some areas, the turn-out has been very low,” Folarin said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the security situation is tighter during this election compared to the Presidential and National Assembly elections of Feb.25.
Accreditation and voting commenced early in some of the Polling Units visited in Ibadan and the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) machines are functioning well.
Security agents were also seen manning their duty posts without molestation. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)