Voter Apathy Hit Edo Council Poll

Voter Apathy Hit Edo Council Poll
…As Odigie-Oyegun Condemns PDP Boycott
BY ISAAC OLAMIKAN
Voter apathy was much evident today as the Edo State Independent Electoral Commission (EDSIEC) conducted the local government council polls.
The absence of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the poll played a major role in the apathy noticeable at the polling centre.
As at 8.00am when the process was slated to commence there were no voters in sight at ward 2 Oredo Local Government Council which is the ward of the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress(APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.
First to vote in unit 1 at about 10.00am at the Staff Training Centre, venue of the polling centre,  was Don Ofure Osehobo, a environmental rights campaigner who flayed the low voter turnout.
Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, who arrived at the polling centre much later voted in unit 2. Speaking with reporters after casting his vote, Chief Odigie Oyegun berated the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for boycotting the election. He opined that it is the worse thing a party could do.
He said:  “it is silly for a political party to boycott an election, especially local government polls. The consequence is colossal. We hope they continue to boycott subsequent elections in the country.”
He, however, admitted that the elections recorded low turnout, adding that what matters is for his party to have the majority votes cast.
“There is always apathy with the local government election. it cannot be compared with the general elections where there is high motivation and large turn out.
“But all the same, it is very important for the number of voters to increase and I hope our members have the highest votes cast,” he added.
Sheffield Ayeki, the Supervisory Presiding Officer of Oredo Local Government, said every polling unit visited was peaceful,  adding that the arrival of the materials was a bit delayed as result of logistics.
In his own comment, Hon. Blessing Edigin,  an aide of Chief Odigie-Oyegun, gave kudos to the EDSIEC for conducting a free and fair poll while appealing to the opposition parties not to resort to pull them down syndrome so as to move the state forward.