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Ogun Polls: Obasanjo, Amosun, Olurin, Isiaka React As ACN Opens Lead

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ACN GOVERNORSHIP CANDIDATE SENATOR IBIKUNLE AMOSUN VOTES IN THE GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION HELD TODAY APRIL 26, 2011.
ACN GOVERNORSHIP CANDIDATE SENATOR IBIKUNLE AMOSUN VOTES IN THE GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION HELD TODAY APRIL 26, 2011.
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ABEOKUTA, April 26, (THEWILL) - In today's governorship and House of Assembly elections in Ogun State, the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in the state is set to repeat another victory as the party overwhelmingly won in some polling units where results were announced after elections.

The governorship and House of Assembly election held in Ogun State was peaceful and it witnessed a reasonable turnout of voters surpassing the turnout in the National Assembly and Presidential election in the state.

As at the time of filling this report, the ACN was maintaining a comfortable lead in the results announced in some polling units in Ogun Central and other polling units in Ogun East and Ogun West.

It is however too early to project who would win the governorship election and record more seats in the House of Assembly.

THEWILL Ogun correspondent visited several polling units in the three senatorial districts of the state witnessed a high turnout of voters as electorates showed interest in exercising their civic right to vote.

In Ogun West, restriction was not tight as vehicles as well as motorcycles were seen on plying several routes. In the Ilaro area of the district, major roads of the city were turned into football pitches as youths played soccer.

In Ogun East area of the zone, the restriction of vehicles was strictly enforced while security officers paraded the cities.

In the Central zone of the state, the electorates turned out in large numbers. The ban on vehicles was also strictly enforced while elections were conducted in a relatively peaceful atmosphere.

Reacting to the conduct of the poll, ACN governorship candidate Senator Ibikunle Amosun after casting his vote at his Totoro polling unit area told journalists that he was impressed with the exercise.

"I am very happy that the presiding officers came on time today. It has not been happening like that in the past. They have been there very early today and that has helped to make the process of accreditation much easier.

"I believe that Nigeria is at the verge of making history in the area of conducting free and fair election. The only regret is that this morning in this area we caught somebody in this area who has been going about with mobile policemen.

"This does not say anything good about the oppositions who have been trying to use armed policemen to intimidate voters. Anyway, we are investigating that. Outside of this, I am quite satisfied with the process. I discovered that Nigerians are now determined to ensure that their votes count", he added.

Also speaking on the election, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Adetunji Olurin who also spoke with newsmen in Ilaro described the turnout as impressive, saying that his party was show of victory.

He added that though the two major contenders are from the Yewa area, his party would defeat his co-Yewa indigene, Prince Gboyega Isiaka of the Peoples Party of Nigeria (PPN).

On his part, the Peoples Party of Nigeria (PPN) governorship candidate, Prince Gboyega Isiaka described the process as fair, substantially enough to pass the test of free and fair election, saying that "from what we saw in the last two elections and even with this one that we had today, I think democracy is really improving in Nigeria and the people are responding also fairly well. So we expect that the result of the election will be fairly good at least from what we have seen so far."