#NigeriaElection2023: Lagos LG chairmen laud INEC over peaceful elections

Two local government chairmen in Lagos State have lauded the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the peaceful conduct of the Gubernatorial and House of Assembly elections in the state.

The duo of Omiyale Adejare, Yaba Local Council Development Area and Mr Muibi Folawiyo, the Lagos Island East Local Council Development Area, gave the commendation with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Sunday.

Adejare noted that the election was peaceful, more than the presidential elections which were violent and full of intimidation of voters in few polling units.

“The election was relatively peaceful and far better than what we had on Feb. 25.

Also, The turnout was more impressive than the first election and INEC prepared very well than in the last election.

“From all the 465 polling units in Yaba, I am yet to receive any crisis in any of our units and in the seven wards that we have here.

“To me, I want to say INEC used the presidential election as a guide to improve on their performance in subsequent elections,” he said.

The chairman also lauded the functionality of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) during the exercise in the local government area, describing it as a wonderful innovation.

According to him, the BVAS machines work better than in the gubernatorial and house of assembly elections; for this, people came out to cast their votes.

He noted that the APC governments had done well, as they used to say that the result of a good job is more job.

On his part, Folawiyo thanked the people of the state for conducting themselves in a peaceful and orderly manner to elect their leaders and representatives.

He described the atmosphere in Lagos Island as carnival like because irrespective of their party affiliation, the electorate was allowed to vote for candidate of their choice.

“This gubernatorial election was a fantastic one because the people of Lagos Island trooped out to cast their votes to elect their leaders for another four years term.

“The government of Lagos and all the local government chairmen are ready to accommodate all the different tribes and ensure their businesses are protected.

“We are ready to accommodate them to do their businesses without any hindrance that will affect them from their businesses in Lagos,” he said.

On his experience with the BVAS, the chairman said the machines worked perfectly, meaning there was an improvement from the last election on Feb. 25.

The chairman said he visited some polling units and observed that INEC officials arrived at the polling units on time as promised by the commission.

He lauded the President-elect, Sen. Bola Tinubu, for promising Nigerians to constitute a government of national competence.