BY Olasunkanmi Akoni & Monsur Olowoopejo
The re-run election into Ward H, Oduselu/Ola in Mushin local government area was, yesterday, halted for over two hours when members of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) accused each other of attempt to manipulate the result of the poll.
The re-run councillorship election between Isiaka Toriola of ACN and Fatai Olohuntele of the PDP was ordered by the election tribunal over some irregularities.
The election, which began peacefully in the 39 polling units, was, however, brought to a standstill at the Ansar-U-Deen Girls Grammar School, Itire, when members of the ACN accused the son of a senator of distributing cash gift to the electorate.
The son denied the allegation, saying he “came to the area as I was directed from the party secretariat to monitor election.”
The accusation, which later resulted into a free-for-all at the polling zone, also caused traffic congestion within the area.
Effort by the state commissioner for works and infrastructure, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, and the special adviser to the governor on commerce and industry, Mr. Seye Oladejo, who came into the premises to stop the fight, proved abortive.
As the fight continued, the electoral officers at the three polling units packed their materials and threatened to leave. But they returned to their duties after the arrival of CSP Waheed Ayilara and the Department Police Officer, A.A Oyekan, who pacified them.
At the end, the ACN candidate, Toriola, defeated the PDP candidate, Olohuntele, with a slim margin of 500 votes in the election result that was announced by the returning officer, Mr. Olaniyi Alawaye. According to Alawaye, PDP polled 1,507 votes as against ACN which had 2,071 votes