By Kolade Larewaju
ABEOKUTA – FOMER President Olusegun Obasanjo and former Ogun State Governor; Chief Olusegun Osoba today hailed the performance of the Independent Electoral Commission of Nigeria [INEC], for its performance in getting things to the polling stations noting that things would only get better.
Obasanjo said “you know in this particular voting unit, the first, second and the third, it has been peaceful, orderly and of course the turnout has been more or less in line with average national turnout throughout the country.
“We need to educate ourselves and we need to understand what is happening. There are changes taking place in Nigeria and those changes have to be internalized by all of us and we have to adjust to those changes”
Former Governor Osoba said “I am very happy that the presiding officers came on time today. It has not been happening like that in the past. They have been there very early today and that has helped to make the process of accreditation much easier.
“I believe that Nigeria is at the verge of making history in the area of conducting free and fair election. The only regret is that this morning in this area we caught somebody in this area who has been going about 2 with mobile police.
This does not say anything good about the oppositions who have been trying to use armed policemen to intimidate voters. Anyway, we are investigating that. Outside of this, I am quite satisfied with the process. I discovered that Nigerians are now determined to ensure that their votes count.
“Although I have not received any report of violence from the field, but I am appealing to INEC to step up their activities and do the counting on time. Hoodlums usually come out between 2 and 3. If INEC do their job fast, the hoodlums will not have the chance of fermenting trouble. It is when they see evidence of losing out that they usually start their problems.
The turnout is reasonable. It is better than that of the Presidential election when people displayed serious apathy”.