Segun Agbaje, the resident electoral commissioner for INEC in Lagos, announced voting will commence by 8:00 AM on Sunday.
The gubernatorial and state assembly elections scheduled for this Saturday in 10 polling places in Victoria Garden City (VGC) near the Lekki region of Lagos State have been postponed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Segun Agbaje, the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, made the declaration while speaking to reporters at the VGC.
He claimed that on Saturday, the corps members who had been assigned as ad hoc employees were reluctant to approach the VGC estate because they believed they had been held captive during the Presidential and National Assembly elections on February 25.
Agbaje said the commission’s ad hoc staff set up voting materials in front of the estate on Saturday but the estate residents claimed that hoodlums might disrupt the process, so they did not feel secure and could not cast their votes.
He said the situation was difficult for security agents to contain hence he and his team had to come to the area.
“We have eight polling units here with 6,024 registered voters and out of which 5,624 people have their PVCs,” he stated, adding that two other polling units at the estate’s main gate were also affected. “Eight here (in the estate) and two outside,” he noted.
“After due consultation and further directive from the national headquarters that we should remobilise here tomorrow (Sunday) morning by 08:30am to conduct the elections.
“By 08:30am tomorrow (Sunday), we will reconvene here.”
The Lagos INEC REC said the chairman of the security committee of the estate had assured the commission of the safety of corps members and INEC staff as well as the safety of voters.
Rhodes-Vivour Alleges Death Of LP Agent
Meanwhile, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, the governorship candidate of the Labour Party, has slammed the Independent National Electoral Commission and the Police for being complicit in voters intimidation.
“From all over Lagos, we got reports of voters intimidation and suppression. One of our agents was shot and he is dead. The worrying thing is that INEC and the Police have shown to be complicit. It is important for INEC and the Police to understand that they are provoking Lagosians. If Lagos catches fire, it won’t be because it is our fault, it is because they didn’t do the right thing,” he said in a video after the election.
Rhodes-Vivour lost to incumbent Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of the All Progressives Congress, at his polling unit.
He garnered 18 votes while Sanwo-Olu won with 29 votes.
Another contestant in the election, the Peoples Democratic Party’s Olajide Adeniran, popularly known as Jandor, polled two votes.