-Charges Ikorodu youths to be more involved
The Honourable Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms Abisola Olusanya, has commended the turnout for the Gubernatorial and Assembly elections which were held Saturday, March 18, 2023.
She said that the turnout was massive and expect her party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), to record more votes than the Presidential and the National elections, especially in her area in Ibeshe, Igbogbo/Bayeku Local Council Development Area of Ikorodu Division, Lagos State, Southwest, Nigeria.
Abisola, who spoke with our reporter after casting her vote at polling unit 018, Kith & Kin Close, off Ibeshe road, Igbogbo/Bayeku LCDA, Ikorodu, also charged youths on the need to be more involved.
“The voting exercise is peaceful and the turnout is much better than what we experienced three weeks ago. I think people adhered knowing fully well that their votes matters”, she said.
“Largely, it has been very peaceful here in Ibeshe axis and Ikorodu in general, because I have been fortunate to go to some places and I am still going round by the fact that I am an observer. It has been very peaceful and people know now that their votes matter.
“We are hoping that this time around, the vote for APC will be six times what we saw in the presidential election. That is the ambition that we have and we believe that is possible.
“This is not even twelve o’clock, yet some polling units that I have been to were actually crowded”, she said.
Speaking on the youth participation, the Commissioner said that she was not impressed with the turnout by the youths for the election in Ikorodu, especially in the Ibeshe area. However, she commended the participation of the youths across the state.
“I am happy in terms of youth participation, though, it is not as I expected. Youths have been agitating and saying that they want things to change and they want things to happen, you will expect to see a youthful population, but if you look behind me, you will see the middle and the older people. It is either we don’t have our voters’ card or we are comfortable sitting behind our screens and saying we want change. Change is not going to happen or drop from heaven”, she said.
“I have not seen the youths come out but in other polling units in Lagos, are actually coming out. I know that they are coming out to vote in Surulere, Eti-Osa and other areas”.