Voters in Osun turned out in large numbers
in various wards as early as 6 a.m. ahead of the official time of 8
a.m. for accreditation in Saturday’s governorship election.
Although there was light
rainfall in the early hours of Saturday, the turnout was impressive.
Alhaji Bamidele Suleiman, a party ward collation agent, said more that
100 voters had arrived in Unit 19 Ward 5 in Osogbo Local Government
Area as early as 6.30 a.m.
In Ward 001, Ataoja E, many voters said they were in the ward early to
do accreditation in time to cast votes as quick as possible.
Mrs Titilayo Amoo, one of the voters at Unit 16, Osogbo Local
Government, said she led some other women to the unit early enough to
participate in the election.
Mr Jolayemi Gabriel, 76, said he was impressed that elder citizens
such as himself were at the polling unit early enough.
However, Sulieman alleged that the opposition party APC was providing
canopies for voters, saying that it was not in line with INEC
Reacting to the allegation, Alhaji Bashiru Ajebade, the leader of Ward
five Oke-Arungbo community in Osogbo Local Government Area, said the
canopies were provided by members of the community.
He said they were to be used in the event of rainfall and to provide
shade for the elderly voters.
Mr Kayode Odewale from the same ward, however, expressed satisfaction
with the turnout of INEC and security officials.
He commended voters for coming out on time to vote
Among the voters, who came out early for
accreditation, were elderly women and men.
At Ward four, polling units 19 and 20 on Old Governor’s Office,
Osogbo, accreditation did not start on time in spite of a massive
turn-out of voters.
The Presiding Officer, who wished to be identified as Oluwasheyin,
apologised to voters for the “slight delay’’, adding that they faced
some little challenges in setting up some structures, coupled with the
She appealed to voters to be orderly and remain within the vicinity of
the centre, to enable them to vote immediately after accreditation at
At Ward 20 of the centre, election materials arrived at about 7.20
a.m. where a Presiding Officer, Festus Okoli, said they were well
Some of the voters whose names were in the voters’ register, said they
were not listed alphabetically as they expected.
The correspondents monitoring the
exercise in Ilesa West and East local government, report that many
voters had queued as early as 6.30 a.m. waiting to be accredited.
At Unit 10, ward five, at African Church Grammar School, Ilesha West,
anxious voters were already in the queue waiting to be accredited.
Mrs Adebimpe Oluwole, a 65-year old woman, told NAN that she arrived
at the polling unit at about 6:30 am waiting for accreditation.
At Ilesa East, units 1 and 2, at Oke Obanla, large numbers of voters
were seen checking their names on the register.
There was heavy presence of security operatives in each of the polling units.
At the Unit seven, ward 1, at Igbogi Junction, Orinkiran, the exercise
which started at 8 a.m., also witnessed a huge turnout of electorate
for registration, with many of them checking their names on the
Miss Abifoluwa Olorode, INEC ad hoc worker, said that she arrived at
the unit around 7: 05 a.m.