Former President President Olusegun Olusegun Obasanjo Obasanjo on on Saturday Saturday advised advised winners winners of of the the presidential presidential and and the the National National Assembly Assembly elections elections to to show show magnanimity magnanimity in in victory victory , , saying saying losers losers should should also also accept accept defeat defeat . .
The The former former President President said said , , “ “ In In any any competition competition , , there there will will always always be be winners winners and and losers losers . .
That That is is what what anybody anybody in in any any competition competition must must be be prepared prepared for for as as a a good good sportsman sportsman . .
Whoever Whoever that that wins wins should should show show magnanimity magnanimity . .
If If I I lose lose , , I I will will also also bow bow down down graciously graciously . .
That That is is what what any any competition competition is is all all about about . .
“ “ If If your your purpose purpose of of going going for for any any competition competition is is that that you you must must win win at at all all costs costs , , then then that that is is no no longer longer a a competition competition . .
I I know know INEC INEC will will make make amends amends for for the the shortcomings shortcomings ahead ahead of of the the next nextelections elections . . ” ”
Obasanjo Obasanjo arrived arrived at at Ward Ward 11 11 , , Unit Unit 22 22 , , Olusomi Olusomi Compound Compound , , Totoro Totoro Road Road , , Sokori Sokori , , Abeokuta Abeokuta North North Local Local Government Government Area Area , , in in a a black black Lexus Lexus Jeep Jeep marked marked AAD AAD 24 24 TF TF ( ( Ogun Ogun ) ) , , at at 11 11 : : 10 10 am am and and cast cast his his votes votes at at 11 11 : : 15 15 am am . .
He He however however , , spoke spoke on on the the challenge challenge he he encountered encountered at at his his polling polling unit unit over over the the delay delay in in getting getting the the election election materials materials available available . .
He He said said , , “ “ I I am am here here to to perform perform my my civic civic duty duty and and cast cast my my votes votes . .
I I believe believe , , in in my my in in polling polling centre centre , , there there was was a a little little delay delay . .
“ “ The The election election materials materials arrived arrived late late . .
Voting Voting was was delayed delayed by by three three hours hours , , which which can can be be accommodated accommodated . .
Other Other than than that that , , the the process process is is going going smoothly smoothly . .
“ “ I I went went through through the the process process . .
They They put put my my PVC PVC in in the the card card reader reader . .
Then Then , , they theyhave have a a bit bit of of problems problems sorting sorting my my thumb thumb print print . .
When When they they were were able able to to sort sort it it out out , , they they made made me me to to go go through through the the process process of of voting voting . .
Amosun Amosun expresses expresses confidence confidence in in winning winning Ogun Ogun Central Central
Ogun Ogun State State Governor Governor , , Ibikunle Ibikunle Amosun Amosun , , who who was was a a senatorial senatorial candidate candidate in in Ogun Ogun Central Central , , expressed expressed optimism optimism of of winning winning the the seat seat . .
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He He expressed expressed confidence confidence in in INEC INEC in in conducting conducting hitch hitch – – free freepolls polls . .
He He said said , ,“ “ I I know know there there is is room room for for improvement improvement for for everything everything . .
“ “ Yes Yes , , the the card card reader reader took took some some time time . .
In In some some instances instances , ,card card reader reader fails fails . .
I I think think , , it it is is a a process process and and I I believe believe we we will will overcome overcome it it . .
“ “ By By and and large large , , we we can can say say the the elections elections are are going going on on well well and and peaceful peaceful . .
I I will will not not say say , , it it is is cumbersome cumbersome , , but but it it is is truly truly taxing taxing , , seeing seeing the the polling polling officers officers , , signing signing all all the the three three papers papers . .
Card Card readers readers malfunction malfunction in in Gbenga Gbenga Daniel Daniel ’ ’ s s ward ward
There There was was a a momentary momentary delay delay in in the the voting voting of of the the Director Director General General of of the the Atiku Atiku Campaign Campaign Organisation Organisation , , Otunba Otunba Gbenga Gbenga Daniel Daniel , , as as the the card card reader reader failed failedto to work work . .
After After a a few few minutes minutes , , the the problem problem was was rectified rectified as as the the former former governor governor was was able able to to cast cast his his vote vote . .
Daniel Daniel , , who who noted noted that that the the ballot ballot boxes boxes were were not not properly properly labelled labelled , , advised advised the the presiding presiding officers officers to to get get card card boards boards and and paste paste on on the the boxes boxes . .
He He said said , , “ “ As As you you can can see see , , the the card card reader reader malfunctioned malfunctioned and and I I had had some some delay delay . .
But But after after some some minutes minutes , , it it was was fixed fixed . .
I I think think the the election election is is going going on on fine fine for for now now and and people people are are here here to to exercise exercise their their franchise franchise . . ” ”
The The card card readers readers in in units units 1 1 and and 5 5 , , Isote Isote , , Sagamu Sagamu , , Ogun Ogun State State , , broke broke down down for for over over two two hours hours . .
… … as as residents residents clash clash over over Daniel Daniel ’ ’ s s largesse largesse
There There was was confusion confusion in in Isote Isote , , Sagamu Sagamu , , shortly shortly after after some some residents residents crowded crowded Gbenga Gbenga Daniel Daniel ’ ’ s s convoy convoy . .
Daniel Daniel , , who who had had cast cast his his votes votes around around 8 8 : : 30 30 am am , , was was mobbed mobbed by by the the men men who who demanded demanded money money from from him him . .
After After collecting collecting an an undisclosed undisclosed sum sum of of cash cash , , there there was was a a sudden sudden rush rush into into the the street street as as argument argument ensued ensued over overthe the sharing sharing . .
My My name name is is Sango Sango , , I I will will clear clear you you , , angry angry soldier soldier barks barks at atSagamu Sagamu voters voters
Residents Residents on on Isote Isote Street Street , , Makun Makun , , Sagamu Sagamu , , Ogun Ogun State State , , ran ran helter helter skelter skelter on on Saturday Saturday as as confusion confusion spread spread after after a a misunderstanding misunderstanding between between a a voter voter and and soldiers soldiers patrolling patrolling the the area area . .
One One of of the the soldiers soldiers had had fired fired a a warning warning shot shot into into the the air air while while the the elections elections climaxed climaxed . .
Our Our correspondent correspondent learnt learnt that that a a voter voter , , who who did did not not know know that that the the soldiers soldiers understood understood Yoruba Yoruba , ,boasted boasted in in the the native native language language that that no no bullets bullets could could penetrate penetrate his his body body . .
One One of of the the soldiers soldiers , , who who identified identifiedhimself himself as as Sango Sango , , became became livid livid as as he he stepped stepped out out of of their their butter butter coloured coloured Sienna Sienna vehicle vehicle and and sought sought his his challenger challenger . .
While While pacing pacing up up and and down down the the road road , , he he dared dared anyone anyone with with traditional traditional bulletproof bulletproof charms charms to to come come out out and and face face him him . .
“ “ My My name name is is Sango Sango . . If If there there is is anybody anybody that that thinks thinks bullets bullets cannot cannot penetrate penetrate him him , , he he should should come come out out . .
I I will will clear clear him him . . Go Go and and ask ask about about me me . . I I am am the the officer officer in in charge charge of of this this area area and and I I am am Yoruba Yoruba . .
I I have have been been patrolling patrolling other other places places without without any any problem problem . .
If If you you think think you you have have mental mental issues issues , , try try it it and and see see what what will will happen happen to to you you , , ” ”he he said said . .
… … . . female female voter votercollapses collapses
Meanwhile Meanwhile , , tragedy tragedy was was averted averted at at Iperu Iperu , , Ikenne Ikenne , , after after a a female female voter voter collapsed collapsed . .
She She was was said said to to have have been been affected affected by by the the crowd crowd and and long long waiting waitingon on the the queue queue . .
A A resident resident also also told told our our correspondent correspondent that that the the victim victim did did not not eat eat before before going goingto to the the polling polling unit unit . .
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“ “ She She has has been been taken taken to to a a hospital hospital for for treatment treatment , , ” ”the the resident resident added added . .
… … APC APC gov gov candidate candidate laments laments card card reader reader failure failure
The The governorship governorship candidate candidate of of the the A All Progressives Progressives Congress Congress in in Ogun Ogun State State , , Mr Mr Dapo Dapo Abiodun Abiodun , , who who voted voted where where the the incident incident happened happened , , however however , , expressed expressed shock shock at at the the news news that that card card readers readers failed failed in in some some parts parts of of the the state state and and officials officials of of the the Independent Independent National National Electoral Electoral Commission Commission resorted resorted to to manual manual verification verification . .
Akinlade Akinlade expresses expresses concern concern about about inadequate inadequate technology technology
The The governorship governorship candidate candidate of of the the Allied Allied Peoples Peoples ’ ’ Movement Movement in in Ogun Ogun State State , , Adekunle Adekunle Akinlade Akinlade , , said said that that lack lack of of adequate adequate technology technology may may hinder hinder the the monitoring monitoring of of missing missing ballot ballot papers papers in in the the state state . .
Akinlade Akinlade , , while while speaking speaking at at his his polling polling unit unit , , in in the the Ipokia Ipokia Local Local Government Government area area of of Ogun Ogun State State , , said said a a lot lot of of
controversies controversies had had trailed trailed the the alleged alleged missing missing ballot ballot papers papersin in some some areas areas in in Ogun Ogun State State , , adding adding that that people people who who visited visited INEC INEC office office on on Friday Friday , , said said over over 3000 3000 ballot ballot papers papers were were not not delivered delivered . .