The local government election conducted by the Ondo State Independent Electoral Commission (ODIEC) on Saturday was marred by violence, ballot box snatching, stuffing, and snatching of ballot paper booklets.
At Ward 4, Unit 19, in Akure South Local Government Area of the state, voters protested snatching of the ballot box by some persons believed to be working for a certain political party.
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Some of the voters told journalists that some people had stormed ward 4, unit 19 opposite Omolere Nursery and Primary school, offering them N30,000 to vote for a certain political party.
Mrs. Bisi Aderemi, Woman Leader of SDP in the ward, disclosed that the hoodlums stormed the polling unit on 10 motorbikes with three persons on each bike fully armed with dangerous weapons and snatched the ballot box and the remaining ballot papers booklets before zooming off.
Meanwhile, the election was peaceful in some areas of the state.
In Owo Local Government Area, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu voted at Ijebu Owo Ward 5 Unit 6.
He described the election exercise as a huge success, saying the turnout for the election was impressive.
The governor was accompanied by his wife, Betty, to the polling unit where the people at the polling station conducted themselves peacefully.
State Chairman of the All Progressives Party, APC, Engr. Ade Adetimehin, told journalists in Idanre, Idanre Local Government Area of the state that there was no violence in the town.
He charged members of his party to conduct themselves the same way during the forthcoming gubernatorial election in the state.
Adetimehin urged the people of the town to troop out to perform their civic right on October 10, 2020.
He commended the electoral commission officers for quick arrival of electoral materials, adding that security agencies performed creditably well.
At Emure Ward 11, Unit 16 in Owo Local Government Area, Chief Alex Ajipe, CEO, Klick Konnect Network International, described the conduct of the election as peaceful.
He commended the electoral commission officers for arriving at the polling unit early.
Ajipe revealed that some of the voters arrived at the polling unit as early as 6 am because they took the election seriously being the closest government to the people.
Bamidele Oleyelogun, Speaker, Ondo State House of Assembly, cast his vote at Isarun/Erigi Wards 10, 11 and 13 in Ifedore Local Government Area.
The turn-out at the polling units was encouraging and peaceful, he said.
Oleyelogun said the ODIEC performed creditably very well.
He disclosed that the voting materials arrived early enough, adding that there was no violence in the town.
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