The immediate past Osun Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola has decried the low turnout of voters for the state house of assembly election on Saturday.
He also condemned some reports of violence that characterised the election in some parts of the State.
Casting his vote alongside his wife, Kafayat Oyetola at Unit 10, Ward 1, Iragbiji, Boripe Local Government Area of the State, Oyetola urged officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to buckle-up and prevent anything capable of leading to over-voting in any polling unit of the State.
Oyetola who commended the electoral umpire for its diligence, said it was incumbent on the Commission to resist any temptation capable of compromising and marring the standard of the electoral process in the ongoing legislative election in the State.
He expressed concerns on the serial attacks being launched on voters in some local government areas of the State like– Osogbo, Olorunda, Ilesa-West, Ilesa-East, Atakunmosa West and Atakunmosa East as well as Councils in Ife axis.
He, therefore, called on security agencies and other concerned authorities to swing into action and address the menace which might have prevented voters from coming out to vote.
Oyetola attributed the voter’s apathy that characterised the House of Assembly election to incessant violent attacks, intimidation and extra judicial killings and maiming of innocent residents in the last three months.
“Well, the exercise appears to be going on well. The turnout has not been particularly impressive alongside with voter’s apathy, as we speak, compare with what obtained three weeks ago.
“The turnout is not impressive at all. I heard of report of pocket of violence in some parts of the state. I heard of Osogbo, Ife, Ilesa, Atakunmosa East and Atakunmosa West. I learnt that PDP thugs are molesting voters particularly members of our party.
“Yes, I must commend the security agencies for rising up to the occasion but that is not enough, if we don’t guarantee the security, people will not want to go out and vote, and this will hinder the turnout. As you can see, the present turnout cannot be compared with what we had the last time.
“As I commend the security for doing a good job, so also, the officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Looking at what we have experienced here, it shows that they are doing very well. I can testify to this polling unit where I voted.”
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