Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Saturday voted at his polling unit in Epe in the Governorship and House of Assembly elections, saying that there is no better time to enhance democracy and promote the culture of one man one vote.
Governor Ambode, who got to his polling unit at ward A5, unit 033, Ogunmodede College, Ajaganabe Area, Papa Epe, with his wife around 9:55am, voted at exactly 10:11am.
Speaking to journalists after casting his ballot, the Governor specifically renewed the call for eligible voters to come out enmasse, explaining that it was in doing so that their well-being would be enhanced and also deepen good governance in the State.
“Like I said earlier, voting has been peaceful thus far; the security agencies are actually at work and we are encouraging every Lagosian to come out and perform their civic obligations without threat or fear.
I was accredited and cast my vote in the Gubernatorial and State House of Assembly elections at Ogunmodede Junior/Senior College, Epe. I urge Lagosians to exercise their civic duties peacefully and cooperate with the officials for a free, fair and credible election. #LagosDecides pic.twitter.com/djP1mxp5F3
— Akinwunmi Ambode (@AkinwunmiAmbode) March 9, 2019
“I believe strongly that in doing this we would continue to enhance the tenets of democracy and like you can see, we believe that with this, we are promoting the culture of one man one vote and then also improve on the State’s well-being and the good governance that we have always enjoyed in Lagos State.
“I’m happy that I have done this and I will do it again,” the Governor said.
He also called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to address delays in arrival of election materials and staff in some centres in the State, saying such was necessary in view of the need to allow more voters to perform their civic obligations.
“Firstly, I just want to thank all Lagosians that today, we have all decided that we are going to promote the real tenets of democracy by actually performing our civic obligation and coming out to vote. I have just finished voting with my wife and in this particular polling booth, everything has been very peaceful.
“I also understand across the State voting is ongoing and somehow there have been reports of delays in some of these polling centres and we implore INEC to ensure that the voting materials and all the electoral staff actually come out quickly so that everybody can have the opportunity to perform their civic obligations,” he said.