I can’t give an assessment based on the polling station I am,
things are relatively peaceful here, people are voting because there is peace. I
think people are scared to come out and vote based or the violent on the last
election 2 weeks ago. But here is different, there is a heavy turnout.
There is a late distribution of election materials, like
here as I heard; they started a bit late, an hour late.
Last election, we didn’t start voting until about 4pm so I can
say there is a little improvement by INEC on that.
But I can’t tell you everything is okay based on what I heard
in Alimosho, an elderly man goes to vote, some of the party agent will want to
force them to vote their own party. And there is vote buying, only APC are
doing vote buying, I don’t have money to do vote buying and even if I do, I don’t
think that is what I want to do, so vote buying is the major issue. Like this
my polling station rice is been distributed, well packed by APC .
Its still possible that our party can win the election, you
can’t say, it might be happening here and you don’t know what is happening in
other places, but one thing I know is this “if the process is free and fair APC
will lose the election” because when you pick a ballot paper and you see an APC
logo, you going to see an individual, something will come your mind like an
individual in charge of Lagos state common wealth, and something else will come
your mind when you see the crisis between Sanwo Olu and Governor Ambode that
will come to your mind, another thing that will come to your mind is the issue
of violence across the state. When you see PDP another thing will comes up in
your mind, the issue of corruption even in APC, all these will come to your
mind, you can’t just take the ballot paper without thinking and you just start
to vote, though some people will, but intelligent people will reason, that will
come to their mind when you see AD, you see progress, a party that really cares
for his people and want to give back the Lagos common wealth back to the
Accepting the result of the election, it depends; you can
see, at the different polling station, are there problems, like snatching of the
box, fire, the process from the wards to local government and the collation
centers, you have to look at all these things.
Some of our boys, party agents have been arrested. You see
Lagos state have been in bondage over the hands of a particular man, who determines
what will happen in the state, who becomes the governor and who don’t become,
who to be licensed for a business and who not to, so that is why people should
sit at the polling station and make sure their votes count, no subtractions no
addictions, I expect Lagosians to seat down and say due process should be
followed enough of this excess power, that whoever that will win is going to
make a decision that will affect your life, because the power of the executives
is very strong, look at what happened to the chief judge.
In Lagos today, am worried that the people that are
in-charge don’t have fear of God, people are just religious, and once they have
that power, because they don’t have the fear of God and love for the people,
they will begin to abuse it and don’t have the interest of the people, these
are the issues we are having.
I can’t understand in a day of election, rice is given to
people, not even I a dignifying manner, they throw it to the people. Even if
you are giving it in a dignifying manner, you have been in power for over 20
years, what the guy is saying is that these are hungry people anyways that I can
always buy them with rice, not that they give them this rice everyday but they
wait till the period of elections then give them rice, he is saying these are
stupid people, meanwhile the future of our children is in the hands of these
people. We all worth more than a bag of rice, and when you see the upcoming
parties, they don’t have the money to be doing all these. You see it’s a crazy
society and the way it is going now, we are going to have a one party system,
because poverty is making a lot of people to come down so low
And what this government has try to do is to become an
opposition from the grassroots, if you don’t hold loyalty to the individual you
will be opposed and your loyalty will move from the people to the individual
and he put in power whoever that can hold loyalty to him. The person will
because if you can change their purse they will hold loyalty to you.
You know in other state it is determined by vote, if you don’t
do the right thing next time they will vote you out, but in Lagos state it is
an individual who will determine who will be there or not be. And the interest
of the individual is not the same with the interest of the people anyway, so am
angry and the people who supposed to talk, everybody is quiet.
About after now if the party will be sustained, if we win
sure it will and its going to be the most robust party, what you will see is a
lot of people coming into the party, my fear will be the kind of people that
will be coming into the party. Then people who are not talking will start
opening up and all that.
But am worried about the individual, people will want to go
to his house and attack him but we have to protect him, it has happened before
in other society when an individual is suppressing the people and when he loses
the power people attack him and burn his house, you know these things that
people are not happy with the individual, he is not doing the right thing. We have
a problem with our political system.