…Renews Call On Voters To Come Out Enmasse
Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Saturday voted at his polling unit in Epe in the Governorship and House of Assembly elections, with a call on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to address delays in arrival of election materials and staff in some centres in the State.
Governor Ambode, who got to his polling unit at ward A5, unit 033, Ogunmodede College, Ajaganabe Area, Papa Epe, with his wife around 9:55am, voted at exactly 10:11am.
Speaking to journalists after casting his ballot, the Governor commended all Lagosians especially voters for resolving to enhance democracy by exercising their civic obligations, just as he urged the electoral umpire to quickly fix the concerns being raised in some parts of the State with regards to late arrival of voting materials.
“Firstly, I just want to thank all Lagosians that today, we have all decided that we are going to promote the real tenets of democracy by actually performing our civic obligation and coming out to vote. I have just finished voting with the First Lady and in this particular polling booth, everything has been very peaceful.
“I also understand across the State voting is ongoing and somehow there have been reports of delays in some of these polling centres and we implore INEC to ensure that the voting materials and all the electoral staff actually come out quickly so that every body can have the opportunity to perform their civic obligations,” he said.
While renewing the call for eligible voters to come out enmasse, Governor Ambode said it was in doing so that their well-being would be enhanced and also deepen good governance in the State.
“Like I said earlier, voting has been peaceful thus far; the security agencies are actually at work and we are encouraging every Lagosian to come out and perform their civic obligations without threat or fear.
“I believe strongly that in doing this we would continue to enhance the tenets of democracy and like you can see, we believe that with this, we are promoting the culture of one man one vote and then also improve on the State’s well-being and the good governance that we have always enjoyed in Lagos State.
“I’m happy that I have done this and I will do it again,” the Governor said.