downpour early Saturday morning in many parts of Lagos State has disrupted the start of the state council polls.
At Oshodi, where our correspondent is monitoring the polls, party agents were seen still distributing identification tags to members and supporters. As at 8 am, none of the polling booths had officially opened for the day’s exercise.
On Apapa Road and Oyingbo axis on the Lagos Mainland, our correspondent observed that party agents are yet to set up their polling booths as at 8.15am due to the flood that has taken over strategic positions in the area.
As of the time of filing this report, they were still seen struggling to find another location to mount their stands.
Eligible voters and party stalwarts could be seen loitering around, waiting for further directives.
Interestingly,,Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Saturday voted in the local government election in the state, stressing the need to vote in credible people to oversee the Local Governments.
Governor Ambode voted at about 9.45am in Ward A6, Polling Unit 10 in Ogunmodede Junior and Senior College, Papa Epe axis of the state.
He arrived his polling unit by 9:35am and joined the queue.
Addressing reporters shortly after casting his vote, he said reports from across the state indicate that the whole process has been peaceful.
“So far so good, from the’ reports I have received from all the other parts of Lagos State, we are pleased with what is going on.
“Voting has commenced in every part of Lagos; the whole thing has been very peaceful thus far and I believe strongly that it would be peaceful throughout.
“We have done so much to ensure that the security is good and so I just urge people to come out and exercise their franchise.”
The governor who recalled that Local Government election had not taken place in the state in the last five years, said it was good that the election is going on adding that this would help enhance democratic value in the state.
“You cannot stay back and just expect that things will work well. Yes, we have tried at the State level but we also need credible people at the Local Government level and that is the nearest government to our people and all we have been advocating is about participatory governance.
“If you don’t take part, you will not be part of what is coming and the whole essence is for you to choose people who will really touch your needs and if you sit down at home and people who are not credible gets there, it will not be their fault when they give you bad result and that is what we don’t want.
“I am happy that this election is coming at my own time. The whole idea is for us to evolve a process where the citizens come out and believe in a process that is credible and then when you do this and people are able to see elections that come at the Local Government level, they will be excited to do it because they know that it’s been credible, peaceful and there is no violence.
Also speaking, APC Chieftain and Balogun of Epe, Chief Lanre Razak who also casted his vote at the governor’s polling unit, said the party strongly believes in strengthening democracy, adding that the conduct of the election would go a long way to develop the political process.
Rasak also commended governor Ambode for his developmental strides all over the state, saying that Lagos has witnessed an appreciable level of development since he assumed office.
Meanwhile, a member of the Lagos State House of Assembly representing Epe Constituency II, Hon. Segun Olulade who voted at RCM Primary School, Ejinrin, Epe commended Lagosians for coming out to vote despite the heavy downpour, saying that it is through people’s participation that democratic values can be enhanced.