Security agents commended over peaceful elections

PDP members celebrating in Ajeromi-Ifelodun LGA, Ajegunle, Lagos

Security agents including operatives of the Nigeria Police, the Nigeria Army and the National Security and Civil Defense Corps, were on Monday commended for their role in ensuring peaceful elections as Nigerians vote.

Mr Wole Adeleke, the Electoral Officer, Ajeromi-Ifelodun Local Government Area, Ajegunle, Lagos, gave the commendation shortly after the People’s Democratic Party candidate was announced winner of the House of Representatives for the area.

He said that the security operatives were able to maintain a peaceful atmosphere as their presence made people art civil and orderly throughout the voting exercise.

 “Much as we were expecting so much unrest, it’s been quite peaceful. The security men have been fully on ground and they need to be commended really.

“They encouraged people by their conduct and ensured security was not compromised.

“They also gave the INEC staff confidence to do their work without fear of being harassed,” Adeleke said.
He noted that INEC would need to perfect the use of the card reader since it was newly introduced.

“It is a new experience for INEC staff because of the new innovations; the card reader which we have been training staff for, for some time.

“It has put confidence in so many people. Even those who were against it before are now saying this is what they preferred.

“The only thing is that INEC will perfect the use of the card reader for further use, the little teething problem of authentication of the thumb, which we experienced in some places.”

Adeleke said the emergence of a non-indigene of Lagos as the winner of the House of Representative as a welcome idea.
In a related development, Mr Babatunde Ifenuga, President, Youth of All Nations, a Non-Governmental Organisation, expressed satisfaction over the conduct of the election in Ajeromi-Ifelodun Local Government Area.

He applauded the introduction of the card reader, which he said made the electioneering process more credible.

According to him, “the card reader made the election process more credible.

“People have come to see that it was good the election was postponed until now. And I am sure that the card reader will be better appreciated by more Nigerians by the next elections,” Ifenuga said.