By Adekola Afolabi
Following the successful conduct of elections into chairmanship and councillorship positions across the 18 Local Government Areas in Ondo state top government officials in the state have expressed satisfaction with the peaceful conduct of the exercise.
Some of the top government officials including the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Chief Olugbenga Ale; State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Adekola Olawoye; Owo Local Government Chairman elect, Chief Adegbegi Samuel, and his Vice, Omosuwa Olayemi, specially applauded the state governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, for putting in place democratically elected local governments in the state.
The Chief of Staff commended Ondo State Independent Electoral Commission (ODIEC) over what he called perfect arrangement which has made the entire exercise hitch free.
Ale described the general conduct of the polls as free, fair, credible without any form of violence across the local government and the state at large.
Visits to some major voting centres across Owo Local Government Area, revealed that election materials arrived early enough while the people trooped out to cast their votes in a peaceful atmosphere.
The Chief of Staff explained that the successful conduct of the local government elections has opened another chapter of democratic governance in the state.
Also, Adekola Olawoye, noted that he was happy all the 15 unregistered political parties failed in their attempt to truncate the conduct of the polls through court process.
He added that Governor Akeredolu has laid a solid foundation for democratic governance at the grassroots in consonant with the tenets and provisions of the 1999 Constitution as amended, particularly Section 7 ( 1) which made provision for elected local government officials.
On their part, the Owo Local Government Chairman elect, Chief Adegbegi Samuel, the chairman elect and his Vice, Omosuwa Olayemi, appreciated the overwhelming support given them by the people of the local government, promising not to disappoint them.
They described the elections in their various Wards and Units as being very peaceful and orderly.