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Pains Of Motorists/Commuters In Ikorodu Over Election Rallies


MANY Nigerians cannot wait for the fast approaching general elections to be over for different reasons. But one of the greatest reasons has to do with the overwhelming traffic caused by the political parties and their members whenever they are doing political rallies in Lagos.    

  The common man is fed up with the unending and incessant traffic gridlocks in any area that they are doing election. 

 The situation was responsible for one of the worst traffic gridlocks Ikorodu Road  has ever witnessed recently.  

 Miss Funmilola Adeoso who works with a new generation bank on Ikorodu Road is very bitter of the situation of things in the area. 

“Political rallies or campaigns are not new in Nigeria. It entails a political aspirant moving from place to place, usually in a convoy of cars, buses and trucks in order to raise awareness about his\her party and what they intend doing if they are voted into power. This is not a bad idea but it has been abused over time and thrown commuters into untold distress.” 

 She said:“Is this how the people that want my vote want to treat me? I spent almost four hours trying to get home recently and people said the traffic was as a result of the campaign rally that took place that day.” 

 She added that she might not vote for any candidate because they were all the same and were only causing hardship to road users.

  Mrs Ifunanya Uzor also said that her husband got home at past midnight due to the same traffic. 

 “He works on the Island and the Third Mainland Bridge was blocked on those days with a backlog of traffic from Ikorodu Road.

 “I didn’t even want him to come home because our area is not safe but there was nowhere else for him to stay,” she said. 

  Mr Ola Adeyemi, a trader in Balogun who lives in Ketu wonders why the politicians cannot hold their rallies away from major roads and spare innocent people from undue sufferings.    

  He claims that hoodlums, who used the opportunity of the heavy traffic to rob motorists, vandalized their cars. He wonders why anyone that wants to contest an election would want to cause hardship for the citizens all in the name of campaign.” 


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