By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Tinubu were among the early voters at their different polling unit, express satisfaction over the conduct of the election.
While the Vice President cast his vote at Polling Unit 033, ward 4, Victoria Garden City in Etiosa Local Government Council area at about 10.00am, the APC national leader performed his own at Polling Unit 047, Ward 3, Ikeja at 11:20am said
Speaking with journalists shortly after casting his vote, Osinbajo urged Nigerians to come out enmasse to exercise their civic responsibilities.
He emphasised that Nigerians have the right to determine their leaders in a free and fair election.
“I think it is deeply satisfying. Of course there are home owners, there are those who are renting, there are staff and security but everybody has the right to vote.
The vote of the vice president is not in anyway more important than the vote of the security man watching over us here, that is the beauty of democracy,” Osinbajo said.
Similarly, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu who expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the elections, said he would accept the result of the presidential election even if it did not go the way of the party.
Tinubu was, however, upbeat about his party’s chances of winning the elections.
“If my party is voted out in this election, I will accept it because it is the people’s verdict, that is their decision. Any democrat that cannot accept a result from a free and fair election is not worthy of that name.
As a true democrat, you must be able to accept the results of a free and fair election.
“The election has been successful so far, so good. It has demonstrated the resilience of the people and like the President has said; we have chosen the best way in a difficult way.
Our correspondent who went round some of the local government areas, reported that the election was peacwful in the state.
He however noted that the process started late in some polling units due to late arrival of INEC Officials and security personnel.
For instance at Polling Unit 012 in ward “C” APAPA Iganmu LCDA, voting started about 11.00am due to late arrival of security agencies.
As at time our correspondent arrival the centre at about 9.30 am, the INEC Officials, party agents and the prospective voters were already on ground while non of the security operatives were present.
The agents of the All Progressive Party (APC) Durojaye Samiat, Ododomu Meyin of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Toyin Adefuwa of Nigeria Peoples Congress (NPC) in a chat condemned the non presence of the security agents.
They noted that the attitude of the security operatives may force some of the electorates to loss confidence in the process and go back home.
In a telephone chat with the Police Public Relations Officer Lagos Command CSP Chike Oti and that of INEC Mr. Femi Akinbiyi, they urged the electorates to be patience that the security personnel were on their way.
They could however not give a cogent reason on the delayed arrival.