Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has postponed the governorship and state assembly elections in 10 polling units in Lagos State, Southwest Nigeria.
Gatekeepers News reports that INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Segun Agbaje announced that election has been postponed in 10 PUs in the Victoria Garden City (VGC) around the Lekki area of the state.
Agbaje said that corps members deployed as ad hoc staff on Saturday were hesitant to enter the VGC estate as they alleged that they were held hostage in the February 25 Presidential and National Assembly elections.
According to him INEC’s ad hoc staff set up voting materials in front of the estate on Saturday but the estate residents claimed that hoodlums might disrupt the process, so they did not feel secure and could not cast their votes.
He, however, said the situation was difficult for security agents to contain hence he and his team had to come to the area.
Agbaje said, “We have eight polling units here with 6,024 registered voters and out of which 5,624 people have their PVCs,” adding that two other polling units at the estate’s main gate were also affected. He noted that “Eight here (in the estate) and two outside.”
The INEC Lagos REC said, “After due consultation and further directive from the national headquarters that we should remobilise here tomorrow (Sunday) morning by 08:30am to conduct the elections.
“By 08:30am tomorrow (Sunday), we will reconvene here.”
He noted that the chairman of the security committee of the estate had assured the commission of the safety of corps members and INEC staff as well as the safety of voters.
Some of the polling units affected include PU 032,033, 119 -124.
Meanwhile, the governorship candidate of the Action Democratic Congress (ADC), Tunde Doherty, whose polling unit is in the VGC berated INEC for poor arrangement, saying the situation was “unfortunate”.