Saturday’s governorship election in Lokoja, the capital of Kogi State, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
NAN correspondents, who went around some polling units in Lokoja, reported that the polling units had been peaceful, despite the absence of security agents at some of them.
In polling unit 065 ward A, Sabon Gari, voters conducted themselves peacefully, even though there was no police officer or other security agents around.
The situation was the same at the polling unit 067 Ward A, Kogi Hotel Tourism Board, where only a female police officer was on duty.
However, in polling unit 012 ward A, Crowder Memorial College, a heavy presence of security personnel was noticed as a detachment of police officers took charge.
Some voters told NAN that they decided to be peaceful because there was no need for violence.
Mairo Maigari, a voter, said the election was not about violence but about progress.
“We decided to come out to vote because we want to exercise our civil duty of electing our new governor.
“People have been predicting that the election would be violent, but we have told them that it is not about violence, it is about the election of our preferred candidate as the next governor, ” she said.
Another voter, Bamidele Ojo, corroborated Maigari’s claim, saying that the election was about the future of the state.
“I trekked for about 30 minutes from my house to this place because I believe that I have a duty to participate in the electoral process that would lead to the election of our new governor,” he said.
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