By Oluwatope Lawanson

The Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr Obafemi Hamzat has commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Lagos State over conduct of the Governorship and House of Assembly polls.

The deputy govermor also commended Epe residents where he hailed from, for their high turn out in the gubernatorial and house of assembly elections.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the deputy governor, alongside his wife, Oluremi Hamzat, were accreditated and voted simultaneously at 9.43 a.m. at Polling Unit 002, Ward A4, at Oke Balogun area, Epe.

Addressing newsmen, Hamzat
described the conduct of the election as better than the Feb. 25 Presidential and National Assembly Elections.

According to him, reports from other polling units and wards within the local government are positive.

“Turn out was reported to be better than what was experienced in the last election with a calm ambience.”

Speaking on the exercise, the deputy governor said it was smooth and seamless, as it took him few minutes to cast his vote.

“In most of the areas around Epe as seen, INEC officials and materials arrived early.

“In my polling unit, it took me less than 10 seconds for the BVAS to accredit me and to cast my vote which is better than the last election ,’’ he said.

On his expectations of the APC victory at the polls, the deputy governor said he has high hopes that his party would win.

In a separate interview with NAN at Polling Unit 04, Ward H1, at Eredo, Mr Lanre Odubote, a former federal lawmaker expressed satisfaction with the high turnout of voters across Epe Division.

Odubote also commended the peaceful voting exercise across Lagos state.

“We have not recorded any violence in this area.

“This shows the civility of voters and their readiness and willingness to cast their votes for their preferred candidates, ” he said.

Similarly, a voter at Ward A4, polling unit 001, Mr Tunde Seriki, Commissioner, Lagos Civil Service Commission, in Oke-Balogun area, expressed hope and confidence in All Progressive Congress (APC) candidates’ winning the polls.

He urged residents who had cast their votes to go home and canvass for other eligible voters to come out en mass to vote.

On his part, Mr Ganab Shanu, a voter at Ward A1, polling unit 04, in Epe, commended INEC officials for their conduct and also laud their early arrival at the polling unit.

Shanu expressed confidence in the victory of APC gubernatorial and House of Assembly candidates.

“Epe is dominated by APC followers, therefore, victory is assured for all the party candidates, ” he said.

NAN reports that there was massive turnout of electorate compared to the Feb. 25 election and they conducted themselves peacefully, under heavy security presence. NAN


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