Polls: Ijebu-Ode residents optimistic of successful exercise

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IJEBU-ODE (OGUN) – Ahead of the elections commencing Saturday’s presidential poll,  residents of Ijebu-Ode in Ogun  have expressed optimism a  outcome of the exercise.

Some of the residents, spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday, said the outcome would be a watershed in the annals of electoral processes in the country.

NAN reports most people were of the opinion the elections, if free, fair and credible as expected, would help deepen the nation’s and foster rapid .

“The elections, if we are able to go it unscathed, are  expected to be a reference point for other nations.

“Never has an garnered so much momentum in the country like this.

“We hope we, the electorates, would truly be given the chance to choose leaders of choice and  we can’t wait,” said Taoridi Adebayo, a mechanic.

Another respondent, Mrs Iniebi Awoyemi, said the nation could not afford to disappoint its observers and appealed to eligible voters to come out and vote.

“  The consequence of  not voting is you are ruled by may not be your choice.

“ Each vote cast is very impotant.

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“I have my permanent voters card and hopefully, I will exercise my civic duty on the day,” she said.

Dr Tolani Hassan, a senior lecturer at the College of and Social Sciences, Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED), Ijebu-Ode, canvassed  for violence-free polls.

“We connect politics back to the community and social participation where everybody’s opinion is respected from the least to the great.

“We also connect a vision of the world is optimistic and forward-looking rather than being angry and reactionary.

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“If we do this, whole political system will benefit; not just for these elections, but for the growth of in the long run,” Hassan said.

While commending INEC’s level of toward  the polls, the don urged  the electoral  body to  ensure that voting materials arrive  on time at polling units. (NAN)