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Movement restrictions put in place for the Saturday Local Government Elections, were ignored by some commercial trycycle operators in Liasu area of Ikotun, Lagos State.
Lagos State Government had announced restriction of movement across the state between 8:00 a.m and 3:00 p.m on Saturday to enable a hitch-free conduct of elections into positions of Chairmen and Councillors in all the state’s 57 LGAs and LCDAs.
Saheed Eniola, One of the operators, said that he decided to work in order to provide food for his family, saying that the 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. restriction was not necessary.
Said he: “I can’t stay at home till 3:00 p.m. because of election; what will my family eat, nobody will give me money to feed my children if I don’t work. Besides, I am not voting and I don’t know any of the candidates vying for the post in the election”.
James Azino, another operator, said that he acquired his tricycle through hire purchase, noting that the restriction could affect his remittance for the month.
Stated Azino: “I got this Keke NAPEP through hire purchase, if I stay back at home where will I get money to pay back at the end of the month. There is hunger in the land, the government should help to reduce the high cost of living we are experiencing”.
Grace Uche, a widow who has been riding a tricycle since she lost her husband two years ago, said raising her four children alone had not been easy.
Noted she: “I have four children at home to feed and cater for, so I can’t afford to sit at home till 3:00 p.m. before working today”.
Meanwhile, in Ward E, polling unit 12, unit 7 and 09 in Liasu Road, ldimu LCDA accreditation of voters started around 9.00 a.m., while voting has also commenced in the three units.
People without nose masks were allowed to vote, after going through the temperature check.