Obasanjo, Alao-Akala commend voter accreditation


Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has expressed satisfaction over the accreditation process in Abeokuta, the Ogun capital.

Mr. Obasanjo expressed his view at his Ward 11, Unit 22, Olusomi Compound Polling Centre at Oke – Sokori in Abeokuta where he was accredited for the election.

The former president, who arrived the centre at about 10.10 a.m., was accredited between 10.16 a.m. and 10. 17 a.m.

He told journalists after his accreditation that he was impressed with the process and the orderly conduct of the people.

“What I have seen here is satisfactory and I have also received similar views expressed by people I have talked to.

“I do hope that the same peaceful situation that obtains here will prevail in other parts of the country.

“We must allay the fears of those people who thought there will be violence or disturbance regarding this election.

“So I appeal to all Nigerians to maintain the peaceful process that we have had so far,” he said.

Mr. Obasanjo urged those who could not obtain their PVCs to be calm, adding that such situation did not confer on them any right to be violent.

He advised them to be patient, expressing the hope that this would be redressed before the April 11 elections.

The former Nigerian leader, who commended INEC, observed that it was not possible to have a perfect situation.

Similarly, the Minister of State for Works, Dayo Adeyeye, has expressed delight at the turnout for the election.

The minister, who spoke at his Ise-Ekiti country home, expressed delight at the turnout, attributing the development to massive mobilisation efforts. He also commended the people of the state over the peaceful manner in which they had conducted themselves.

In Ogbomoso, a former governor of Oyo State, Adebayo Alao-Akala, has also expressed satisfaction with the turn out for the poll.

He spoke at his Unit 13, Sabo/Taara Polling Unit after being accredited.

But Mulikat Akande-Adeola, the Majority Leader in the House of Representatives, lamented the slow pace of the accreditation process.

Mrs. Akande-Adeola, who attributed this to the card reader, expressed the fear that it may disenfranchise some potential voters.

She, however, expressed happiness at the peaceful manner the exercise was being conducted.

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