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LIVE UPDATES: Local Government Elections Hold In Lagos, Ogun

Ronke Idowu  
Updated July 24, 2021

Welcome to our live updates on today’s Local Government Elections In Lagos and  Ogun states.

Residents of Lagos State and neighbouring state, Ogun are expected today to cast their ballots in polling units across local councils in the state to elect their local government chairmen and councilors for a fresh four-year term

In Lagos State, the polls will open across the 20 Local Government Areas and 37 Local Development Areas of the state.

However in Ogun State, 12 political parties will do the battle for council chairmanship or councillorship in the 236 wards in the 20 local government areas of the state.

Ahead of the elections, restriction of movement was announced in both states and an additional 25,000 policemen have been deployed in Lagos State to beef up security.

Our reporters bring updates from three senatorial districts in Lagos State – Lagos Central, Lagos East, Lagos West, and Ogun State capital city – Abeokuta.

 

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03:36pm Voting continues in some parts of Ogun State

Polls are expected to have closed at 3:00pm in all polling units in Ogun State after the state Electoral commission extended voting by an hour. The Commission’s Chairman Babatunde Oshibodu said he received reports that election materials got some centres late and that necessitated an extension.

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03:34pm Ikosi Senior High School, Kosofe LGA

Voting ends in most parts of Lagos State. Sorting, counting, and results announcement at polling units begin.

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03:20pm: Ifako Ijaye

Ballot sorting and counting of votes commence at African Church polling units in Ifako Ijaiye.

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01:30pm – Adeniji Street, Ogba

Electorates at ward A 022, Adeniji Street, Ogba casting their votes

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01:15pm: Idimu, Lagos

Residents cast their vote in Idimu area of Lagos State. Some complained of Card readers’ malfunction.

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01:08pm

The Presiding officer at a polling unit on Lagos Island, Ifayemi Taiwo, lamented that voting and accreditation did not start on time at her unit and they had to resort to manual accreditation of registered voters.

 

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12:56am: Alimosho

In Alimosho Local Government Area the few voters available expressed disappointment at the low turnout of electorates. They blamed it on voters’ apathy. They also lamented the late arrival of voting materials.

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12noon: Eti-Osa

A Lagos lawmaker representing Eti Osa Local Government at the House of Assembly, Mr Yishawu Gbolohan in an interview with Channels Television said the Local Government is a key sector and residents need to perform their civic duties.

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11:45am: Iperu, Ogun State

Ogun State governor Dapo Abiodun cast his vote at his Itaosanyin Ward two in Iperu, Ikenne Local Government Area of the state.

The governor commended residents for their peaceful conduct.

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11:03am Lateef Jakande Road, Ikoyi

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his wife arrive at the polling unit at 11.03 a.m.

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10:31 am: Lateef Jakande Road, Ikoyi

LASIEC officials and materials arrived at Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s polling unit on Lateef Jakande Road in Ikoyi.

Lawal Oladimeji, the presiding officer at the polling unit addresses the press and gives statistics of registered voters. He also talks about the voting process and guidelines.

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10:17am: Dairy Farm School, Agege, Ward 7, Unit 6

Voting has commenced in Dairy Farm School, Agege, Ward 7, Unit 6.

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10:13 am: Ganiyu Smith Road, Freedom Park, Lagos

Voting is underway at Ganiyu Smith Road, Freedom Park, Lagos.

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10:12am: Abeokuta South

It is less activity in Ward 13, Igbore, Ago Iba, Abeokuta South as few voters are seen checking their names on the voter’s list.

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10:08 am: Lagos Island Freedom Park

Voting commenced at 10:00 am in most parts of Lagos Island. At Freedom Park, our correspondent met Agboola Odunifa (Lagos Island East), one of the candidates for the election. He is accredited, voted, and gives us his impression of the process. According to him, voting is smooth but turnout is poor.

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09:30am: Abeokuta, Ogun State

Restriction of movement is in full effect.

Our crew noticed a less busy road as they travel through the Lagos-Ibadan expressway and the Shiun-Bobape road, leading to the state capital, Abeokuta.

The outer towns are without security operatives or enforcement agents, yet the compliance to the restriction appears to be high in and around the Abeokuta.

The main entry point into the state capital, near the governor’s office, is manned by soldiers. Other state security officials mount roadblocks at strategic locations within the state to restrict movement and forestall any crisis.

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09:25am: Mosan, Lagos

Election materials arrived at one of the polling centres unit in Mosan at 09:25am. Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) officials with ballot boxes and other election materials set up in preparation.

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9:00am: Lateef Jakande, Lagos

At Unit 09 Ward L2, Lateef Jakande Road in Ikoyi where Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwoolu is expected to vote there is less activity at 9:00am. No election materials yet. Only party agents and journalists are present.

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8:50am: Ojodu, Lagos

Materials arrive for the start of the election at Ojodu Primary School.

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8.30am: Ojodu, Lagos

At 8.30 am some voters are already at the polling units 012 and 013 in Ojodu Primary School in Ojodu Local Government Area of Lagos State. Although no electoral official is in sight, security operatives are present.