- Hundreds of vehicles were on Saturday, July 24, affected by the statewide restriction of movement in Ogun state
- This is following the conduct of the councilorship and chairmanship elections in all local government areas in the state
- Security agents took to the streets to enforce the imposed restriction of vehicular movement to allow the smooth conduct of the polls
Ogun state - Commuters, commercial motorists, travellers from neighbouring states have been left stranded as the local government elections kicked off in Ogun state on Saturday, July 24.
Vanguard reports that this is as they were denied entry into the state capital by security agents.
According to the report, the personnel are enforcing the restriction of vehicular movement to ensure a free, fair and violent free election.
It was gathered that commuters and travellers who had left Lagos early in the morning were also not allowed into the southwest.
Commuters at Lafenwa were equally stranded as there were no commercial vehicles to transport them to their various destinations.
Ogun state announces restriction of movement
Recall that the Ogun state government imposed a restriction of vehicular movement to allow the smooth and peaceful conduct of the local government elections.
According to a statement from the commissioner for information and strategy, Abdulwaheed Odusile, the restriction will last for nine hours (between 7 am and 4 pm).
Odusile noted that the decision came from the Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission (OGSIEC) which is charged with the task of conducting the councilorship and chairmanship elections in all the 236 wards across the 20 local government areas in the state.
Lagos govt announces restriction for council poll
Meanwhile, the Lagos state government had announced a restriction of movement from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday, July 24, for the local government elections.
Lagos LGA elections: Low turnout of voters, roads deserted as LASIEC officials arrive Tinubu's polling booth
The Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) would conduct elections in the 20 LGAs and 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in Lagos.
Legit.ng reported that a statement by the commissioner for information and strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, explained that the restriction would enable the conduct of hitch-free elections.