Residents of VGC organize for smooth poll 

Cyril Okonkwo, Lagos

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Residents of the Victoria Garden City, Lagos, have put in place modalities for the smooth conduct of Saturday’s gubernatorial and state assembly elections in the state.

The leadership of the community, where Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and his wife, Dolapo, will vote came up early and opened a list according to which people will vote.

At about 0700 hours Nigerian time, over 200 hundred people had written their names on the list and are waiting for the officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to arrive to for the commencement of the election.

They also arranged chairs for voters to sit while waiting for their turns to vote.

A resident of the community, Iyabode Attah, told Voice of Nigeria the purpose for the arrangements made by the community was for coordination and easy conduct of the process.

“I’m not doing anybody a favour really; I’m doing myself a favour. I’m here to exercise my civic duty I don’t have any other country.

“I look forward to things working.  So, I’m here to contribute my own quota to make the process as flawless as possible.”

Another resident, Olumide Olayomi, said their contribution to the conduct of the poll “is not about political party, but political participation.”

He said: “This is the only country we have and it is called Nigeria.  We must rise up and provide the leadership we need.  This is a volunteer job.

“I’ve been here since 5.30 in the morning because I believe you have to come out and participate in electing the leadership of our society, to make Lagos better.

“And that is why we are all here because we can’t all sit at home, cross our legs.  We must throw our hat in the ring.

“We have a carnival; we have a good time, voting to show the world that our democracy has deepened.  We have 20 years of continuous democratic experience.

“This is a microcosm of Nigeria, people from different ethnic groups, showing the spirit of brotherhood, like our old national anthem stated, though tribe and tongue may differ, you can see brotherhood here.”

Olayomi said there is no security issue in the community as they all know themselves and have all worked to ensure adequate security in the area.

On voter turnout in the gubernatorial and assembly elections, which appeared to be lower than that of the presidential and National Assembly elections two weeks ago, Olayomi said people would still come since many of them had come and written their names and gone home.

The Polling Unit O33, where the vice president and his wife will vote on Saturday is one of the 8462, spread across the 20 local government areas in the state.

The vice president would join other voters in Lagos to elect one of the 41 candidates from various political parties contesting to become governor in the state.

They will also be voting to elect one of the 589 candidates of different political parties running for the 40 seats in the Lagos State House of Assembly.

Omolayo.A