Gubernatorial Polls: Minister urges voters to remain vigilant

Solomon Chung, Oro

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Nigeria’s Information and Culture Minister, Mr.  Lai Mohammed has urged electorates in his locality to vigilant until the votes are counted at the end in today’s governorship and state Assembly elections.

The Minister disclosed in a chat with newsmen shortly after casting his vote at his country home, polling unit 006, Oro, Ward 2 in Kwara South Senatorial District.

Reeling out his observation, the Minister said it was too early to pass a final verdict on the process; however he opined that it was smooth as at the time of the interview.

“If it is restricted to my polling unit I think the process so far is smooth. The turnout is impressive from my own unit but until I get result from other units I won’t be able to talk much.

“Here, everybody is in a joyous mood. Though, I got some pockets of reports from other areas where the turn has not been as impressive as here, also where there were pockets of violence that have escalated and have reported to the appropriate authorities.

“However, it’s too early to make comparison between the election that took place two weeks ago and today. However the turn out here today might be better than two weeks ago.

Voters should vote, stay behind peacefully and be vigilant and ensure votes are counted and the umpire must ensure that votes are truly counted.”

Speaking on allegation of security intimidation, the Minister stated that there was nothing that can directly suggest so.

“I can’t see intimidation by security agencies, on the contrary, some reports I have received from some parts of Ilorin west was that there wasn’t adequate security presence. However, it differs from unit to unit.

“I don’t think anybody has any cause to complain about the activity of the security agencies. However, I’d rather restrict my verdict to my own experience in my locality and my polling unit.”