The Peoples Democratic Power candidate for the Surulere 1 House of Representatives by-election, Mr Jerry Afemikhe, has commended the Independent National Electoral Commission for the conduct rerun election
Afemikhe gave this commendation while speaking with journalists on Saturday, adding he is quite impressed by INEC for conducting an election free of rancour.
“The election has been calm without issues.
“I am quite impressed by INEC and the security agencies’ efforts to conduct a free and fair election,” he said.
The PDP candidate expressed hope hat INEC would do the needful by being free and fair in their judgment much later during the vote counting and result announcement.
He noted that if he emerged winner of the election, the constituents should be expecting a whole lot of positive impact in diverse areas.
“My developmental initiatives will target women empowerment, a good environmental for artisans and a conducive environment to do business as well as lots of youth development programmes.
“I will turn Surulere around for good with my initiatives targeted at building a conducive environment for the masses,” he said.
Afemikhe lauded the former member of the house House of Representative, Femi Gbajabiamila who is now the Chief of Staff to the President.
He stressed that this was a new dispensation and a new change for him and Surulere as a whole.
One of the electorate Mr Augustine Alechenu, pointed out that his expectations was for INEC to be free and fair and give them credibility for their votes.
Alechenu said that whoever won the election would have to perform above average because of the precedence that the former constituency’s house of representative, Gbajabiamila had set.
“I expect the winner of this election to be accessible to the people regardless of the constituency they belong to.
“I believe that was one of the strong points of Gbajabiamila, who made himself easily accessible to the people of the community up to even the beggars on the street.
“That is why whenever he comes around, you will see a lot of crowd because he had laid a good foundation,” he said.
Alechenu said he hoped that the candidate he voted for would continue in that foundation and make Surulere community a greater one.
The All Progressives Congress agent for polling unit 019, Mr Decker Dehinde said that all was well and peaceful.
Also, the PDP agent for polling unit 025, Mr Abdulsalam Ijagboabee said the electoral exercise was peaceful but decried the low turn out of voters.
“People didn’t come out for the election compared to the last election we had in 2023,” Ijagboabee said.
The Labour Party agent, Mr Christian Igbokwe appreciated the security personnel on duty, noting that their presence alone warded off evil intentioned people.