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Ajimobi explains low turnout for polls

2015-04-12 10:04
 ~ Israel Ojoko

Ibadan-  Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State on Saturday attributed the low turnout of  voters  in the governorship election to apathy.

Ajimobi, who is seeking re-election, said the voters were  more eager for change at the federal level than in the states.

"In some states they want continuity and feel that once the government at the top has been changed, the one at the state level is of less concern to them,’’ he said.

Ajimobi, who cast his vote at Ward 11 Unit 20 of Community Grammar School, Oluyole Extension in Ibadan SouthWest Local Government Area, commended the conduct of the elections.

"The process is commendable, transparent and excellent.

"The report of pockets of violence during the elections  has been addressed  by the appropriate authority.

"We should expect such violence in an environment like this,’’ Ajimobi, who was accompanied to the centre by his wife, Florence and  a daughter, said.

The governor said that reports reaching him indicated that the elections had been peaceful.

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He said that the elections had been so far the best in the history of the country.

Rashidi Ladoja, the Accord Party governorship candidate in Oyo State, on Saturday expressed displeasure with the electoral process in some polling units within the Ibadan metropolis.

Ladoja, a former governor of the state, said this while addressing newsmen after his accreditation at Ward 10, Unit 13 at Ondo Street, Old Bodija, Ibadan.

 "Although things are going on smoothly here, reports, however, reaching us from some other centers within the metropolis have been quite disturbing.

"We have heard of malfunctioning card readers and of political thugs intimidating voters in the exercise of their rights.

"We also have reports of thugs stealing ballot boxes," he said.

Ladoja, however, reiterated his confidence in the security agents in ensuring that the people's mandate was not stolen.

Read more on: abiola ajimobi  |  oyo state  |  2015 elections

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