Party agents clash over voting time at Funke Akindele’s polling unit
Agents of the Peoples Democratic Party and the All Progressives Congress locked horns during the voting exercise at polling unit 019, Ita Aro square, Àga/Ijimu ward in Ikorodu, Lagos State.
The PU is where the Peoples Democratic Party deputy governorship candidate, Funke Akindele, cast her vote at 12.16 pm.
The clash began when an assistant presiding officer of the INEC closed the voting exercise by 3.30 pm. Unsatisfied with the decision, the APC agent insisted for voting to continue.
An agent of the PDP, who did not want voting to continue, hurled verbal assails at the APC agent.
As of the time of filing this report, both parties are still embroiled in a verbal duel.
The PUNCH had reported earlier that Akindele’s arrival triggered violent reactions from the crowd, who insisted that the PDP candidate must join the queue.
However, Akindele prevailed through the dramatic demonstrations and cast her votes shortly after noonday.
Immediately after casting her votes, the entertainer cum politician was led hurriedly by two aides to her QX56 Infinity SUV, which had masked plate numbers.
The popular actress, who had earlier signaled her intention to speak with our correspondent was left with no option but to quickly speed off with her team due to increasing pressure from violent hoodlums in search of giveaway funds.
The exercise was marred by the late arrival of INEC officials as well as altercations between voters who lamented that the election officials were “too slow.”
Speaking with The PUNCH, Ikorodu Council leader, Adebowale Ajayi, blamed the late arrival of INEC officials for the disorderly behaviour of the voters.
He said, “INEC came late. Because of that; people, due to the pressure and because they have stayed for so long were not happy.”