There was heavy presence of armed naval officers and the marine police at the riverine areas of Ondo State during the Saturday election.
Our correspondent observed that gunboats, belonging to the Nigerian Navy and Nigeria Police, were seen patrolling the creeks to ensure the safety of voters, electoral officers and materials as well as observers.
Apart from the armed security agents on patrol, there were naval officers stationed strategically to ensure a peaceful poll in the riverine communities considered to be the volatile areas of the state.
There were also heavy presence of soldiers and other security agents on the roads leading to the riverine communities.
The security agents subjected vehicles, including those on election duties, to thorough checking. Some residents, who spoke with our correspondent, expressed satisfaction with the level of security in the Ilaje Local Government Area, saying they had not been any violence in the area.
Meanwhile, the running mate of the All Progressives Congress, Mr. Agboola Ajayi, expressed confidence that his party would emerge victorious in the election.
Ajayi spoke in an interview with journalists after he cast his vote at Unit 004 Ward 2, Apoi in the Ese Odo Local Government Area of the state.
He said although the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party, Eyitayo Jegede (SAN), and the Alliance for Democracy’s candidate, Chief Olusola Oke, would also put up a strong show in some areas, his party would eventually win the race.
Ajayi also complained about the malfunctioning of some card readers deployed in his area.
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