Monday, February 25, 2019 9.00AM / Ottoabasi Abasiekong for Proshare WebTV
Nigerian Business and Christian leaders alongside Celebrities have commended the Independent National Electoral Commission for conducting a peaceful and well organized electoral process.
Africa’s Richest Man and President of Dangote Industries Alhaji Aliko Dangote who voted at his Olosa/Tiamiyu Savage 010 Polling Unit in Victoria Island, Lagos commended the electoral body for a credible process, asserting that peaceful elections are critical for the business environment.
Another notable business leader and billionaire Mr Femi Otedola, Chairman of Forte Oil Nigeria Plc who performed his civic duty at his Adeyemi Lawson/ILU Drive Polling Unit 026 lauded the process, and believed as an entrepreneur the electoral system was key to guaranteeing a stable political economy.
Pastor Tony Rapu a renowned Nigerian Christian Leader and Senior Pastor, This Present House Church, who voted at Victoria Garden City, Polling Unit 033 which had a carnival-like experience and massive turnout attributed it to an increased political awareness in the area.
He described the process as peaceful and well organized in the VGC area which is also the Polling Unit of Vice-President Professor Yemi Osinbajo and Presidential Candidate of Alliance for New Nigeria, ANN Mr Fela Durotoye.
The President/CEO of Transcorp Plc a leading diversified conglomerate in Nigeria, Mr Valentine Ozigbo said the accreditation and voting process was delayed by two hours (2) in his polling unit Lekki Phase 1 013, but went on smoothly when it fully started.
Ace Comedian and notable Nigerian Celebrity Atunyota Akpobome a.k.a Alibaba who also performed his civic duty at the Adeyemi Lawson/ILU Drive Polling Unit 026, Ikoyi said the process was satisfactory, despite the initial delays.
He called for more deployment of technology in the electoral system to make it seamless for the electorate.
In the Proshare WebTV monitoring of the Presidential Elections in Eti-Osa Local Government of Lagos State, the overall report was that it was peaceful and free of violence.
The major challenge was the logistics issue of the late arrival of election materials to start the accreditation and voting exercise.