Lagos urges massive turnout for today’s reps by-election in Ifako-Ijaiye
*Police Deploy 5, 000 Personnel
The Lagos State government yesterday urged all registered voters in Ifako-Ijaiye Federal Constituency to come out enmasse to vote during today’s by-elections.
The election is to fill the House of Representatives seat vacated by All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, the late Elijah Adewale, this year.
A statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr. Tunji Bello, enjoined all other residents across the state to go about their lawful businesses in an orderly manner, as there would be no restriction of movement during the exercise outside the constituency.
Bello assured that adequate security measures had been put in place to monitor the exercise and protect the citizens who would be exercising their civic responsibilities.
Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, said no fewer than 5,000 police officers, including others from sister security agencies, would be deployed to ensure peace and tranquility during the by-election.
Owoseni said during a meeting of security chiefs in Lagos with candidates and officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), as part of preparation for the election, that security personnel were drawn from the Police, military, civil defence corps and DSS.
He added that there would be restriction of human and vehicular movement between 12 midnight and today in the area, noting that the military had been ordered to enforce the restriction, warning troublemakers to keep away from the area during the election.
The Police chief warned all the candidates and their supporters against any act of violence during and after the election and political office holders against moving freely with their security aids during the period, as no vehicle would be permitted to go close to any polling boots.
INEC Supervising Officer in the Southwest, Chief Shoyebi Adedeji, noted that all sensitive materials had been distributed to all the wards, adding that Lagos State was the least volatile state in the country and the commission was expecting to see peace and spirit of sportsmanship today.