- The ongoing local government election in Ogun commenced as early as 8.00 a.m across the state
- Among those who came out to cast their ballot for their preferred candidates was the state governor, Dapo Abiodun
- Speaking at his polling unit, the governor urged the good people of the state to come out and vote
Local government elections are underway in Ogun and Lagos states and people are already beginning to cast their votes for the preferred candidates.
Just like his colleague in Lagos, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Ogun governor, Dapo Abiodun, has cast his ballot.
He voted at the Ita Osanyin Polling Unit, Iperu in Ikenne local government area of the state on Saturday, July 24.
The governor who was dressed in native attire also had a black face mask on as part of the COVID-19 protocols.
According to him, these should encourage the electorates to come out to cast their votes.
"Our popular voice in votes would further ensure accountability in grassroots governance, and bring results and performance closer to us in the State's 20 local governments and 236 wards."
The governor added that under his administration, the state government will provide the support needed to ensure the autonomy of local governments in performing their constitutional responsibilities.
Lagos governor casts vote
Among those who have cast their votes in the ongoing local government elections in Lagos state are Governor Sanwo-Olu and his wife, Ibijoke.
They both cast their vote at Unit 019, ward 09, Femi Okunnu/Lateef Jakande Avenue, Ikoyi-2.
Sanwo-Olu and his wife reportedly arrived at about 11:00 am and voted at 11:05 am after they were accredited by the presiding officer of LASIEC, for the unit, Bamigbade Rasak Temitope.
Restriction of movement
The Ogun state government earlier announced that there would be a restriction of vehicular movement to allow smooth and peaceful conduct of the local government election on Saturday.
It was disclosed that the restriction will last for nine hours (between 7am and 4pm) and only voters will be free to move to their polling centres within their neighbourhood for the voting process.
The electorates were urged to be peaceful and avoid any act that could “tarnish the hard-earned reputation” of Ogun.