By Kayode Olabanji, Okitipupa
Residents of Okitipupa, headquarters of Okitipupa local government have been commended for the large turnout during the general elections despite the cash crunch.
Some of the All Progressive Congress (APC) chieftains who spoke with our correspondent also appreciated the peaceful conduct of the election devoid of any rancor and which could undermine the election.
The Secretary to State Government in Ondo State Princess Oladuni Odu gave kudos to voters who troop out massively to cast their votes peacefully and conducted themselves and ensure no rancor is recorded.
She also commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for conducting a peaceful election.
Odu who also voted at Idepe/Okitipupa Ward 13, Unit 35 also lauded the Bimodal Voters Accreditation System (BVAS) technology which she said was perfect and up to the task.
According to her, the election was very peaceful and well coordinated, I commend INEC, their staff for punctuality, and especially the BVAS which worked perfectly for a hitch-free exercise.
In the same vein, Prof. Dayo Fadiyile, Special Adviser to Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu on Health said residents trooped out en masse despite the cash crunch bedeviling the economy.
Faduyile who voted Ikoya/Oloto Ward, Unit 11 also said that the voters cast their votes with their conscience.
“Voters turnout today have been massive despite the cash crunch which everyone was complaining about, they turn out well and voted with happiness.
“Let me also give it to INEC and security agencies for conducting a peaceful election, I just hope they will sustain this during the collation of results and final results of the election,” Faduyile said.
Another, APC chieftain, Ife Oyedele also commended the massive turnout of voters to polling units to cast their votes for their preferred candidates and parties.
Oyedele, a former governorship. aspirant in Ondo State who voted at Igbodigo/Okunmo Ward, Unit 16 also commended INEC for the peaceful conduct of the election.
“I commend voters for their turnout, I also commend INEC and security agencies for maintaining peaceful elections,” he said.
Some residents who spoke with newsmen in the area expeessed their satisfaction with the conduct of the election.
Pa, Moses Ogunnowo, an 85-year-old who voted at Igbotako/Idogun Ward 2, unit 002 said that he came out for the election to exercise his franchise in reward for good governance in the next dispensation.
The octogenarian said he believed that his children and grandchildren will benefit from good governance, which prompted him to vote for his candidates.
Another Octogenarian, Mrs. Agnes Ibidogba, 83 years old who voted at Igbotako Ward 2 unit 005 also said she came out for election because the government who would take care of the masses.
According to her, “Nobody attracted me with anything to come out to vote but I came out because I believe we can still have a government who will take care of aged, she said.