Even as several wards and units across the local government areas of Lagos State witnessed smooth and violence-free exercise in Saturday’s Governorship and House of Assembly elections, there was free for all in Ijegun area of the state.
Some thugs believed to be supporters of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC) engaged themselves in a bloody encounter.
The incident, which happened at about 2.pm, a stone throw from Unit 4, Ward 090 in Ijegun, however, did not affect the voting as the combatants did not come close to the polling booth.
Several of them reportedly sustained machete cuts.
An eye witness, Ismail Aniemu told Sunday Independent that no one could say what caused the fight.
But, the fracas did not, however, get to the polling booth where voters were casting their votes.
Since the security agents were more interested in securing the voting area, they did not go to the scene of the fight.
Although a woman rushed down to alert the security personnel at the centre, they could not do anything.
“I just saw some of the boys now, two of them had deep cuts on their faces and other parts of their bodies.
The other faction I did not see were said to have sustained injuries too. They are PDP and APC supporters”, Aniemu said.
Aniemu, further said the exercise was peaceful and orderly in the unit, even as he noted that there was low turnout.
“The turnout was so low compared to the Presidential and House of Representatives elections to the extent that party agents had to move from house to house to appeal to the electorate to come out and vote.
“This, however, yielded results as many heed the appeal and came out to participate”, he added.
In Eran-Ijenikin, Otto Awori, the exercise, it was gathered, was carried out manually, as the card readers could not work, just as it failed the people of the area in the Presidential and House of Representatives elections a fortnight ago.
This, according to some of the electorate, resulted in delay of accreditation and voting.
A resident, Austin Ekwenuya, said that as at 2.40 pm, accreditation was still going on.
“We are all still standing in the sun waiting to be accredited. INEC decided to use the manual system because the card reader did not work,” he told our correspondent on phone.
In ward 2, Ifako Ijaiye, the exercise was said to be very hitch-free.
A resident, Evangelist Elijah Umoh, said: “The exercise was hitch-free. It was very smooth.
“As at 2.pm, we were already rounding off with the voting.”
Also, in Ejigbo, Ikotun and Cele areas, the exercise was reported to be peaceful as the voting went smoothly.
But, in Herbert Macaulay area of Yaba, the exercise was delayed due to slow accreditation as a result of the problems associated with card readers.
The Igando area was said to have recorded peaceful exercise.
“Everything is moving fine and the area is calm”, said a resident.
In Okeira, Ayayi road and other parts of Ogba, the exercise was also smooth and rancor-free to the extent that children had free day playing football on the roads.