Governor Ambode cast votes, commends electoral body for improved exercise

Luqmon Balogun, Lagos

The Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode has commended the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC for an improved exercise compared to what was witnessed during the last Presidential and National Assembly elections.
Governor Ambode gave this indication after he cast his ballot at his home town in Epe area of the State.
Mr Ambode who arrived at the polling unit at 9:54am accompanied by his wife Mrs Bolanle Ambode cast his ballot at 10:03am at Ward A5 polling unit 003 Ogunmodede College, Papa, Epe, Lagos.
After the exercise, Mr Ambode addressed the journalists and bared his mind on the conduct of the exercise.
“Today we have all decided that we are going to promote the real tenet of democracy by performing our civic obligations and coming out to vote.
I just finished voting with the first lady in this polling booth and so far, everything has been peaceful. I also understand across the State voting is ongoing, though there have been some reports of delay at some quarters, but INEC has done well this time.
Largely, voting has been peaceful so far and the security officials are at work. I believe strongly that with this, we will continue to uphold the tenet of democracy and we can as well promote the culture of one man one vote and also improve the state’s well being and good governance that we always enjoyed in Lagos State,” he said.
He urged every eligible voters to come out and exercise their civic obligations within the time frame stated by INEC.
Important exercise
Elsewhere, the Deputy governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos, Mr Obafemi Hamzat who also cast his ballot at Epe explained that the essence of election was to restructure governance and address some political inadequacies.
While speaking to the journalists after voting at Oke Balogun area of Epe, Mr Hamzat said that the election was an important exercise to develop the polity further.
He said: “Most especially in Lagos state and south west, our leaders and father’s were jailed for democratic principles to take place in our country. We remember alot of Nigerians went on exile, some were killed because we didn’t want military government. So it’s an important exercise and we must exercise our franchise we must vote to develop as a country.”
Don’t get killed
Also, a member of the Lagos APC Governor’s Advisory Council, Mr Lanre Razak advised the voters to always conduct themselves peacefully and never allowed to be used for violence during polls.
“You don’t need to get killed because you to vote.” he said.
Razak who urged residents of the State to support good governance by voting for people with integrity thanked INEC for an improved service.
According to him: “INEC never get here at the last Presidential and National Assembly elections  until 10:30am, but to day were here before 8am.”
Other voters who spoke with Voice of Nigeria also adjudged good, the electoral conduct so far, as they commended INEC for listening to their yearnings about some inadequacies observed during the last polls.
They urged INEC to be more proactive and ensure that Nigeria’s future elections gain more credibility from both local and international.